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Jul 7, 2018, 12:55 AM
No Future For American Jews
At the risk of sounding fatalist, I do not believe there is a viable future for American Jews. Let me explain, because I'm an American Jew, and far be it from me to preach doom and gloom to my...
Joseph C. Kaplan
Jul 6, 2018, 11:17 PM
Ani Ledodi V’dodi Li
Since my retirement (It’s Not an Ugly Word, Ernest, 1/5/18), the two most frequent questions I’ve been asked are (a) are you enjoying it and (b) what are you doing with yourself? While the answer to the first is...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Jul 6, 2018, 8:37 PM
Guess who was not involved in the sin of the spies?
When we speak about Chet HaMiraglim, the sin of the spies, we mention that Yehoshua and Calev were the only two of the twelve spies who did not bring a false report and they were therefore not punished as...
Jul 3, 2018, 1:46 AM
What Dating Should NOT Be… If You’re Looking for Something Real.
I’ve learned a lot about dating over the years --and not just from my own. Through coaching single men and women in the dating process, and surviving a fairly lengthy one myself, it’s clear: There are some very good...
Jul 3, 2018, 1:45 AM
Nature Speaks — Listen! the Aurora Has Something to Say
It’s hard not to feel Nature singing God’s praises, whether in the vivid blue sky overhead this afternoon… or in the brilliant aurora, when the sun showers electromagnetic particles on Earth’s polar atmosphere to produce shimmering curtains of colored...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Jun 27, 2018, 10:31 PM
Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God
In the Haftara for Parshat Balak (Micha 5:6-6:8), we read the prophecy of Micha which recalls some of the ways in which God protected B’nai Yisrael during the forty years that they spent in the wilderness. One of the...
Jun 26, 2018, 10:09 PM
“Let them be stringent,” they said. “Let them have their chumras..it doesn’t matter to us.” I heard the way this new world of Modern Orthodoxy viewed my old world. It was so foreign to me. It felt like we were...
Ariel Ben Avraham
Jun 24, 2018, 7:45 AM
Parshat Balak: Blessings are forever (II)
“God is not a man that He should lie; neither the son of man that He should repent. When He has said, will He not do it? Or when He has spoken, will He not fulfill it so?” (Numbers...
Jun 23, 2018, 12:07 AM
A twenty-first century Abraham and a Trini.
UK-born T&T novelist Nicholas S Jagdeo’s The First Jew – The Resurrection of Abraham does not, in its storyline at least, travel down entirely familiar Caribbean literary terrain, but there is more than a hint of Trini engagement of...
Jun 21, 2018, 12:50 PM
The Qatar Controversy and the Jewish Community: What Made It Possible?
After months of turmoil and bitter disputes over the roles of various Jewish community leaders visiting Doha on what appeared to be several free propaganda trips, the story has once again picked up steam in light of several new...