Do Not Sit In Judgment

In just a few days, voters in New York City will decide a primary election for the positions of comptroller and mayor. Prominent Jewish candidates are running for both offices, but they are not the sort of Jewish candidates most of us in the Jewishcommunity would wish were running for public office. Each has won… Read More

Jewish Unity

A few weekends ago, I spent Shabbat in Israel with Jewish college students from Germany, France, Canada and throughout the Former Soviet Union. The shabbaton began with a gripping speech by Natan Sharansky, president of the Jewish Agency for Israel. While the weekend yielded fascinating conversations, two moments are stitched in my mind. During Shabbos… Read More

Tikkun Olam: What Does It Really Mean For Us

The Jewish people have an important mission. For centuries, Jewish civilization has rev-olved around the concept of social responsibility. We are taught that our soul’s mission is to be a light unto the nations, and as Jews we feel an inst-inctive push to make a difference in the world and glorify God’s name. But how… Read More

The Rhythm Of Our Tradition

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I ushered in Elul 5772/2011 at the farm at the Pearlstone Center.  I had come to appreciate the rhythm of the Hebrew calendar during the two summers I lived there more than any other time during my life.  As I left, I thought about ways to keep myself connected to the themes and ideas that… Read More

Our Proud Community

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I arrived in Baltimore in November, leaving behind a lifetime of Jewish community engagement in the New York/New Jersey area. I had heard wonderful things about Baltimore’s Jewish Community — its generous and highly successful Jew-ish Federation (The Associated), its growing and vibrant Orthodox population, its wealth of highly respected rabbis and their synagogues, an… Read More

My Experience Leading My Peers On A Taglit-Birthright Israel Trip

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Being an active participant in my fraternity has been one of the highlights of my college experience, and will be one of my fondest memories when I graduate. Aside from the social benefits, being part of AEPi has helped me to enrich my Jewish identity through educational, inspiring, and meaningful interaction with fraternity members that… Read More

Shun Henry Kissinger

Why would an organization dedicated to promoting “serious Jewish thought about the enduring questions of human life and the pressing challenges that confront the Jewish people” associate with a man responsible for one of the ugliest remarks ever made to an American president concerning the Jewish people? This question is prompted by the shockingly misguided… Read More

Grieving Lessons

The adage is true: There’s nothing worse than losing a child. I discovered this a year ago when we laid our beautiful daughter, Rachel, to rest after a long illness. She was 28. Having lost parents and in-laws, I thought I understood everything about grief. I was wrong. Over the past year, I’ve learned things… Read More

You Call This Peace Talks?

It would be hard to find a more mocked beginning to yet another peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. Indeed, the naysayers have it right when they say that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has no courage, is absurdly absolutist in his demands and is more afraid of compromise than most Israelis. Indeed, Abbas — whose… Read More

Lost Its Way?

One can only applaud the restarting of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank. Yet, given the other problems the U.S. currently faces in the Middle East, it is an open question as to whether Secretary of State John Kerry should have spent so much time on Israel-Palestinian peace… Read More