Saturday, November 28, 2020



What the Presidential Debate Really Meant — Not Much

The first presidential debate was the loudest and most raucous “absolutely nothing” in American political history.

An Emergency Message to Wealthy Donors: Please Give More to Your Synagogues this Year—a Lot More

If our synagogue communities are going to survive, we have no choice but to step up in a big way.

Politics at Kol Nidre: Yes or No?

Once a rabbi starts to promote specific policies to address societal ills, the message becomes a source of communal division. Two people can share a concern for a problem without agreeing on the solution. Once a rabbi picks a side on solutions, we’re back to divisive partisanship.

People Still Won’t Wear Masks and It’s Madness

Why do many Americans still shun the safety measures that produced coronavirus success stories in Korea, Taiwan and elsewhere?

The Pandemic Made the Road Rocky, But I Still Love It

Comedy, like any job, can keep you young and vital if you enjoy doing it. Most comics are on a lockdown hiatus. How do we stay sane?

Why This Yom Kippur Can Be Our Most Meaningful

Yom Kippur counts on us to feel vulnerable. It is through feeling vulnerable that we open the hidden vessels of growth and healing.

With RBG’s Passing, A Rosh Hashanah Like No Other

I take comfort in the idea that I spent Rosh Hashanah in a way Justice Ginsburg would have liked. After leading virtual services on Erev Rosh Hashanah, for the rest of the holiday, I watched the virtual services led by Rabbi Naomi Levy of Nashuva and Rabbi Sharon Brous of Ikar, both of whom paid tribute to Justice Ginsburg.

A Lesson From Ginsburg, Mandela and Scalia

The stakes involved in selecting her successor are colossal.

What Ruth Bader Ginsburg Taught Us About Friendship and Unity

As we honor the extraordinary legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as we recall her trailblazing accomplishments, as we sit shivah for a Jewish and American hero, let us not forget the part of her legacy that speaks directly to our divisive times.

What Does Leading With Heart Look Like in Modern Life?

This Rosh Hashanah, consider how you can cultivate the four pillars of heart-centered leadership.

When We Say ‘Shanah Tovah’ Let’s Remember ‘Shabbat Shalom’

The deep contemplation that Rosh Hashanah demands is enhanced by the Shabbat experience.

God Is in Our Resiliency

Where was God when … ? We ask this question through the most difficult times in our history, especially this year on the High Holy Days.

Three Generations, One Timeless Mission 

Three generations of IDF soldiers from 1948 to 2018.

5781 Is the Jewish Response to 2020

The Jews have learned through the millennia that to keep the flame of hope alive during dark times, resilience is not a choice but an imperative.

Fearing My Trauma Made Me a Fraud

I need help. Recently, while watching television with my 12-year-old son, Hillel, I gasped when one character slit another’s throat. My body seized in...

I’m Jealous of the Abraham Accords

Is it normal to be jealous of the UAE? Yes, if you’re an Iranian Jew.

When Life Gives Us New Eyes

I’m looking back at my life of 2020 and realizing that I’ve been given new eyes.

How to Be a Spiritual Leader During a Pandemic

Nostalgia for our traditional High Holy Days observances is kicking in already.

The Show — and Life Must Go On

I know there is some pain that seems unbearable but, if you look hard enough, you’ll find someone, somewhere, somehow who has gotten through.

The Value of 9/11: A Short Pause for National Unity

Of course, we can never recapture that singular moment of unity from 19 years ago, nor should we need another moment of tragedy to be what brings us together. But because we are so incredibly divided today, perhaps the memory of 9/11 can help us temper our divisions so they don’t turn into irreversible animosity.

Facing the New Year With Hope and Heart

A new year is upon us — and what a gift to receive in this critical moment. This Rosh Hashanah is like no other....

A Book for Our Time

When I was what the book world now designates a “young adult,” I was enthralled with animal-centric tales such as “The Black Stallion,” “My...

Save Newsom From an Even Worse Mistake

Newsom is likely to make an unnecessary but predictable mistake by formally authorizing this version of ethnic studies legislation.

Life as a Female Persian Rabbi

It’s not every day you meet a Persian female rabbi in a traditional community.

Why This Is the Ideal Time for a Zionist Spring

Israel-haters must not be very happy these days. All of a sudden, the big lie that nourished their anti-Zionist venom for so long is slipping away.

IsraAid and the Meaning of Love

The Israelis I’ve met over the years who are involved with humanitarian work rarely talk about PR or branding. That’s not what drives them. What drives them is a sense of doing meaningful stuff.

‘I’m a Zionist’ Is New Frontier of Israel Activism

Whenever we link anti-Zionism to anti-Semitism, we convey the message that, somehow, anti-Zionism is not bad enough. We figure that adding the inflammatory charge of Jew-hatred is the only way to get the world’s attention.

Floating on Uncertainty

The dynamic that keeps me still is uncertainty. The uncertainty of the world has dampened my desire to move, swim or make any waves. 

E Pluribus Unum: Doctors Taking on COVID-19 Together

Our doctors, nurses and pharmacists successfully restructured health care so effectively because we looked first to the needs of patients and colleagues rather than our own.

Trump Moves Campaign Focus From COVID to Crime

President Donald Trump dragged criminal justice and law-and-order issues back to center stage.

New Articles

Past Tensions Between Biden, Erdoğan Cast Shadow Over Ankara-Washington Relations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is bracing for a stormy four years.

Haley Calls On Trump Admin to Release Report on Number of Palestinian Refugees

Nikki Haley called on the administration to declassify a report detailing the current number of Palestinian refugees who are receiving aid from the UNRWA.

Professor On Leave After Tweeting ‘COVID-19 Is Another Jewish Revolution’

A professor at a university in Michigan has been placed on administrative leave after the student newspaper unearthed a series of his anti-Semitic tweets.

Court Ruling Means Young Jerusalem Arabs Face Easier Route to Israeli Citizenship

A previously unpublished regulatory clause, outlining relaxed requirements for young adult legal permanent residents applying to become Israeli citizens, has become public by order of the Jerusalem District Court.

Jerusalem College of Technology’s Nursing School Renamed

The Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) announced on November 24 that it is renaming the nationally renowned nursing school to the Selma Jelinek School...

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