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

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...