rabbi steven z. leder
Ask Rabbi Steven Z. Leder what the mission of Wilshire Boulevard Temple is, and he’ll tell you, “We make Jews.” The temple started making Jews two centuries ago, in 1862, when the country stood divided, engaged in Civil War, with Abraham Lincoln as the president of the United States.
My old office, on the 15th floor at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Kingsley Drive, looked directly at Wilshire Boulevard Temple. It would have been an ideal location to set up a time-lapse camera to document the slow but historic changes that have taken place there over the past few years.
The idea of one Jew killing another is shocking. Most of us think it never happens -- but the truth is that it does. It happens this week in the Torah with Pinchas. After seeing a Jew apparently enticed by a Midianite prostitute, Pinchas runs them both through with his spear. It happened when the Macabbees saw a Jew publicly bowing down to a statue of Zeus in the town of Modin. It happened during the American Civil War, World War I and when the State of Israel was founded. Most recently, as most of us painfully recall, it happened when a young, deranged Orthodox Jew named Yigal Amir assassinated then Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin. Ironically, it was this week\'s Torah portion and the character of Pinchas that some of the most extreme Jews used as a justification for the assassination
Critics Say Netflix Series ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Promotes Anti-Semitic Stereotype Through Yiddish Scene
The scene shows lizard people controlling the world and their handler speaking Yiddish.
"Our hearts and thoughts are with the Lebanese people and all those affected by the terrible disaster in #Beirut."
Police are not investigating the matter as a hate crime.
Front Window of New Mexico Holocaust Museum, Featuring Photo of Civil Rights March, Smashed by Vandal
The head of the museum says the vandalism shows "why it’s necessary to have this museum."