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...

Passover: Seders and Solidarity

Passover: Seders and Solidarity

As you all know, throughout the country last Saturday students and adults participated in March For Our Lives. Following our Shabbat service, I walked over to the Great Neck side of town; where a rally took place at Ielpi Park. Our synagogue was mentioned as a supporter of this rally; I did not speak but

Shabbat Hagadol: Miracles Past and Future

Shabbat Hagadol: Miracles Past and Future

Shabbat Hagadol: Miracles Past and Future I am writing this weekly blog on Thursday morning, resigned to realities of a winter Passover. According to the Torah, Passover is hag ha’aviv (springtime festival), but this year the designation is more theoretical and fantasy. Always the optimist, I will eat the Karpas (during the Seder)...