Baltimore Riots: A Perspective From Ground-Zero

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When addressing current events or communal concerns from the pulpit, I endeavor to do so in the context of a Torah perspective. I always seek to distinguish between the Torah and my own opinion. What I share with you here is subjective. It is my hope and prayer that these personal reflections will offer some… Read More

A Letter to the Community

Dear beloved community, The events of this past week have shaken and rattled our community and city. What began as peaceful protests in response to police brutality devolved into widespread chaos and destruction.  As is often the case, there is a fine line between the holy and unholy, between raising a voice to power and… Read More

The Deal with Iran: Is It Really So Good ?

Guess the author of this reaction to the American (and P5+1) led treaty with Iran to be signed in June: “This is a dangerous agreement, particularly for Saudi Arabia … it provides Iran with what it needs most to pursue its wars and expansionism against the Arabs. Lifting the sanctions is America’s way of backing… Read More

Why Doesn’t World Care about Palestinian Refugees in Syria?

It’s happening again — Palestinian refugees are caught between warring factions in the Middle East and the world is reacting too slowly to their plight. In earlier times, Palestinian refugees found themselves in the crosshairs at the Sabra and Shatila camps, when Lebanese Phalangists massacred them while Israeli forces stood by. Now it’s the Yarmouk… Read More

Yom Ha’atzmaut, When Everyone Is Proud To Be an Israeli

David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel, said, “If you do not believe in miracles, you are not a realist.” For centuries, Jews were expelled from the countries of their birth, forced to find a country of refuge. Sixty-seven years ago, the State of Israel was established, and for the first time, Jews felt… Read More

Lessons of a Passover Diet

This year, I have been contemplating a lot about the Passover diet. Not the abundance and mass consumption of matzah and eggs. Rather, I’m fascinated by our consumption (pun intended) with what eat and the elimination of many common foods from our diets during Passover. More than any other holiday, Passover is the most widely… Read More

One Movement, One Community

BBYO is a huge part of my life, just like it is for thousands of Jewish teens worldwide. And when I say worldwide, I mean it. BBYO touches the hearts of people across more than 30 countries. From Bulgaria to Argentina and Georgia to China, BBYO impacts so many people daily. Although I may live… Read More

Advocating for Israel in the American Media

When was the last time anyone in the American Jewish community heard or saw a creative, impacting short message about the many unique Israeli accomplishments geared to the American public as opposed to our own Jewish community again? Israeli accomplishments are most creative and numerous — prosthetic legs for our wounded American vets, advancements in… Read More

Iran Nuclear Nightmare: Framework Fail

After more than 20 years of sanctions against Iran concerning its illicit nuclear program, President Barack Obama has not only precipitously squandered the international community’s economic leverage, but he has also collapsed diplomatic isolation of Iran that had been built up by Congress, six U.N Security Council resolutions and multiple presidents. Now, following over 18… Read More

Breaking Free from a Personal Mitzrayim

Passover is a holiday defined by coming out toward freedom. The Hebrew word for Egypt, mitzrayim, meaning, “from the narrows,” represents not so much a geographic location as a state of mind, from which each of us seeks liberation in our own way. In my case, I started life as a first-born son but could… Read More