December 12, 2018

Columnist

I was moderating a panel at the annual Israeli-American Council (IAC) conference when I couldn't stop the verbal slugfest happening all around
Just as Jews light a candle for Hanukkah, America has fought its own darkness by lighting a candle of justice for every generation
Why are we so obsessed with politics? I’ve heard several explanations. One is that politics has become one of the few things
There are certain weeks in the news business when the pressure becomes almost unbearable. Last week was one of them.
With the level of our national discourse reaching all-time lows, commentators with a bent for “bridge building” have...
As I write this, I have no idea who won what in the midterms. But I do know that much of the commentary since the synagogue shooting
Are Jews who like President Trump’s policies on Israel making a deal with the devil? Last Friday on “Real Time With Bill Maher,” New York
Most of the commentary since the synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh has focused on a rise in anti-Semitism in America.
During these past three years I have had the opportunity to study our community and the important issues that inspire us, concern us and
There may be many reasons to hate President Donald Trump, but those who are blaming him for the horrific shooting at the Tree of Life...
I got the chills when I heard about the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Shabbat morning that left 11...
It’s not as if our country isn’t used to violence. We lose thousands every year to gun shootings alone. In an open society, some people will
“We Need to Talk,” the theme of this year’s Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) General Assembly in Tel Aviv, sounds like a breakup.
When it comes to the complicated Israeli-Palestinian conflict, there’s one simple fact that pretty much everyone agrees with
We’re all fighting for our own corner. Not debating or arguing but fighting, clawing, scratching, screaming and kicking
I was never this cynical. If anything, I’m more of a romantic. I like to believe people, even politicians. I’ve met some amazing...
Critics of Israel have trouble understanding why Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu remains the most popular politician in Israel.
If Harvey Weinstein went to synagogue on Yom Kippur hoping God would forgive him for his hideous sins against women, he’d be out of luck.
I lead a schizophrenic professional life. When I work on the weekly paper, I’m a different person than when I work on our website.
I've never liked the word "sin." I prefer the Hebrew translation “khet,” which more or less means a mistake.
We believe that God puts a piece of Himself inside you. That’s your soul.  
A few days ago, I met a local Jewish columnist (name omitted to protect the innocent) at a bat mitzvah party.
Too many of us these days are plagued with doubts about our self-worth. A rabbi I know who has counseled people for more than 35 years
When does a year begin? Dumb question? Not for Jews.
One of the toughest parts of this job is choosing what to put on the cover. For Rosh Hashanah, it’s that much tougher.
As our High Holy Days preparation continues and Rosh Hashanah draws near, our prayers become more urgent, because ready or not,
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