Parshat Korach: Sins of the Parents Are No Excuse

Parshat Korach: Sins of the Parents Are No Excuse

Parshat Korach: Sins of the Parents Are No Excuse When most of us reach our later teens and early twenties, we begin to reflect on the role our parents played in our lives. Hopefully, we acknowledge their dedication to us and to our well-being, but we also look critically at their foibles and idiosyncrasies to

Parshat Shelakh L’kha: The Blame Game

Parshat Shelakh L’kha: The Blame Game

Parshat Shelakh L’kha: The Blame Game Although we often react to Congress with dismay, anger, frustration and despair, we can rely on one D.C. constant: The Blame Game. Whenever legislation fails to pass a vote or is modified out of oblivion, our indignant representatives will usually hold others accountable for the failure. One...

Parshat B’ha’a’lot’kha: The Honeymoon is Over

Parshat B’ha’a’lot’kha: The Honeymoon is Over

Parshat B’ha’a’lot’kha: The Honeymoon is Over For me, the phrase “let’s get real” is not the most beloved expression in the idiom hierarchy. In its most literal sense, “let’s get real” suggests that from this moment forward we need to be realistic and serious about something for...

Parshat Naso / Shavuot II: The US Embassy in Jerusalem

Parshat Naso / Shavuot II: The US Embassy in Jerusalem

Rabbi’s Note: As promised last week, below I share my remarks from Sunday’s Shavuot Yizkor. But first a quick word about this week’s Torah portion: Portion of the Week: Naso Major Themes: Census Taken of all Levite Familes Suspicions of Infidelity in Marriage Rules of Being a Nazirite The Priestly Blessing Dedication of...

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