Parshat B’Midbar & Shavuot: It Is All About How We Receive

Parshat B’Midbar & Shavuot: It Is All About How We Receive

Torah Reading B’Midbar B’Midbar is the first portion in the fourth book of the Torah. The word B’Midbar means ‘desert.’ The portion addresses two major themes: The census taken of people eligible for military service The strategic formation of the tribes in preparation for future battles As exemplified by the...

Parshat Behar: How Much Are We Worth?

Parshat Behar: How Much Are We Worth?

Parshat Behar: How Much Are We Worth? This past week I attended a reception at the home of Israel’s Consul General to New York, Danny Dayan. Our guest speaker was Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council. As the reception was sponsored by the New York Board of Rabbis (of which I am

Parshat Emor and the Early Image of a Jew

Parshat Emor and the Early Image of a Jew

Parshat Emor and the Early Image of a Jew In the Spring of 1903, the Jews of Kishinev suffered a devastating pogrom. In response, the Jewish Historical Commission of Odessa sent the poet Hayim Nahman Bialik to report on the pogrom and to photograph the survivors. Based on his experiences, Bialik (in 1904) wrote an

Acharay Mot / Kedoshim:  On Matters of Integrity

Acharay Mot / Kedoshim: On Matters of Integrity

Aharay Mot / Kedoshim:  On Matters of Integrity Thursday, April 26, 2018….  Tonight, fanatical football fans will celebrate a national holiday: The National Football League Draft. To the disinterested majority, the draft refers to the elite college football players who will be selected by professional teams to play for them. What...

On Israel’s 70th Birthday

On Israel’s 70th Birthday

On Israel’s Seventieth Birthday As many of you know (and lament), Israelis continue to be battered throughout the world. Anti-Israel fervor persists on college campuses. Nations devise new and creative ways to alienate Israel – nations like Poland, which attempts to legislate Polish compliance with the Nazis out of existence. As...

Yom HaShoah V’Hagvurah & Parshat Shmini

Yom HaShoah V’Hagvurah & Parshat Shmini

Thursday, April 12, 2018:    Today’s official commemoration of the Holocaust is known as Yom HaShoah V’Hagvurah/ Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day. The commemoration was established as such by the State of Israel, recognizing not only the helpless victims but the courageous heroes, who resisted the Nazi machine. This...