Matot and a Meeting with the UN Secretary General

Matot and a Meeting with the UN Secretary General

Matot and a Meeting with the UN Secretary General We all appreciate the power of words. Whether for individuals, communities, or nations, words-as opposed to intentions-are part of our public record. In the case of Israel, for example, her neighboring nations may secretly convey an intent to consider peace; yet their public statements...

Balak and Unity Within All of Israel

Balak and Unity Within All of Israel

Rabbi’s Note: Wih summer I will take some liberties; I delivered the comments below last Shabbat. Recent activities by the Knesset-in support of Israeli’s Chief Rabbinate-have created world wide concern in the Jewish community. It is my hope that the progress made toward religious pluralism in Israel will not be impeded by an...

Balak: Changing Minds One Person at a Time

Every day I receive reports from various Jewish and Israel oriented organizations; detailing another act of anti-Semitism throughout the world. Often, the culprit is the United Nations; with its disgraceful Human Rights Council. At times, the culprits are people, who protest Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians; as if there are no...

Hukkat and Compliance

Hukkat and Compliance

On the subject of parenting, every generation claims expertise. New parents often believe that their parental decisions are unprecedented in the history of our world. Parents of recent vintage also think they need to justify to their children, every disciplinary action they take or every decision they make. I agree that many times it is...

Korach and the Nature of Disputes

Korach and the Nature of Disputes

Korach and the Nature of Disputes I grew up as part of a large family. Like many of my generation, we had our Cousin’s Club, our Family Circle and our inevitable family disputes. Although most disputes were ultimately resolved without too much added stress and anxiety; some disagreements were-unfortunately-long term. There are times...

Thoughts About the Portion:  Shelakh

Thoughts About the Portion: Shelakh

Thoughts About the Portion: Shelakh John Amaeche was a professional basketball player. He play a number of years in the NBA (for the uninitiated: The NBA is the premiere basketball league in the US). In 2007, he was one of the few professional athletes to admit that he was gay. Since his career ended, he