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

About Jerusalem

About Jerusalem

About Jerusalem Yesterday, June 7, marked the fiftieth anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification. It is appropriate that in the Haftorah for this Shabbat B’ha’alotkha, the exiled Jewish people are promised a return to Jerusalem. After enduring life in Babylonia and Persia, Am Yisrael (thanks to Kings Cyrus and Darius)...

B’Midbar and Self Defense

B’Midbar and Self Defense In the course of their desert wanderings, the Israelites learned how becoming a nation meant far more than Sabbath, festivals and ritual. Even for a new nation directed by God, Israel had to live among hostile neighbors. Those neighbors would not be impressed with Israel’s piety, personal code of...