June 27, 2019


My 9-year-old son, Alexander, taught her how to use the shamash. “Everything has an order,” he told her rabbinically.
If you’ve ever entertained the notion of pursuing something creative you’ve likely heard this advice: “Don’t quit your day job.”
On each night of Hanukkah, we increase the light. To truly increase the light this holiday, we need to strategize and act
A cultural attitude or policy preference that a young person develops as an undergraduate doesn’t disappear when they finish college
Boys, from four religions, will connect Hanukkah with joy and irreverence. In today’s political and cultural climate, nothing made me happier.
Hanukkah ought to be celebrated in its own right. And failure to see it for what it truly is means children will likely abandon Judaism
Airbnb announced its decision to remove listings in Israeli settlements, and supporters of Israel immediately expressed deep concern.
When the American Jewish community looks in the mirror, we see David carrying his sling. But to everybody else, we look a lot like Goliath. 
For the first time in history, Israel’s Chief Rabbinate listed non-Israeli rabbinical courts able to convert people to Judaism and divorce.
The second annual Jewish Leadership Conference on “Jews and Conservatism” in New York left me with many questions about leftism insecurity.
I was at the  funeral of a good friend. His wife and three children got up and spoke about their husband and father. It was truly beautiful
When many of us enter our synagogues, we see two flags framing the Aron Kodesh: the flag of the United States and the flag of Israel. 
Amid the tragedies of the past few weeks that have engulfed us materially and spiritually, I remain amazed at the saving grace of human
For the past three years, LinkedIn has identified cloud computing as the No. 1 in-demand global skill. Now, in a first-of-its-kind program
It’s been a tough few years for friends. Friendships used to be about, well, friendship. But in the past few years, friends have been
My 72 hours started on the afternoon of Nov. 8, when I wrote my bimonthly email: “Thank G-d for the Jewish Federation.”
The great poet Robert Frost wrote, “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.
American Jews headed to the polls on Nov. 6 spurred by concern over health care, gun violence and the predatory glances
I don’t think it’s overly dramatic to characterize the current state of American society as a cold Civil War.
Among the many tragedies of the past couple of weeks, on Oct. 24 the bodies of two young Saudi Arabian sisters were found near the Hudson
Within two weeks of the Oct. 27 Pittsburgh massacre, the following incidents were reported in New York City
This week, The Jewish world mourned the brutal slaughter of 11 Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue — the deadliest anti-Semitic shooting attack in
On a picture-perfect Sunday afternoon, the waitstaff were proffering trays of vegetarian egg rolls, mini hamburgers and other hors-d'oeuvres.
We have entered a new era: the politicization of evil. Evil has been weaponized to score political points.
Shabbat was shattered with the news that 11 Jews were murdered in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
My name is “Jew.” My name is smoothed by centuries of storms, polished by the rolling river of time. My name is a diamond, born of...
Let’s say a young man sprays “John loves Sally” onto a wall to celebrate his new love. It might be a misdemeanor because it damages property,
In early October, as we began the cycle of reading the Torah again, I was in a vineyard in Israel, celebrating a friend’s wedding.
I wanted The Full American Experience so I can understand your ways, your cultural depths and the achievements of your nation-made-great
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