Willful Blindness to Academic Anti-Semitism

As yet more evidence that academics are regularly able to engage in what George Orwell sardonically referred to as “doublethink,” this month, 40 professors of Jewish studies published a denunciation of a study that named professors who have been identified as expressing “anti-Israel bias, or possibly even anti-Semitic rhetoric.” While the 40 academics claim they,… Read More

Give Me a Sign

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Why are signs so important? Meta-phorical or physical, signs bring an abstract thought into concrete reality. A sign can be a benchmark of accomplishments and a metric for possibilities. We like signs because we like to show dedication to hard work and perseverance with something more eternal than ourselves.  We want to show that we… Read More

Is Pope Francis a Model for Our Rabbis?

The shift in tone that Pope Francis is bringing to the Catholic Church has serious repercussions for people who follow that religion — and those of other faith systems. As the most prominent religious figure in today’s world, the actions, ideas  and approach of the pontiff deserve attention, including among Jews. That’s no criticism of… Read More

What Really Matters

As a nursing home rabbi/chaplain for more than 20 years, I sometimes am asked by a Jewish resident or family member:  What type of rabbi are you?”  My humorous response to the question is, “A Jewish Rabbi!” When a person is confronted with serious illness, especially for the first time, he or she may feel… Read More

Targeting the Islamic State’s Bottom Line

Speaking before the United Nations last week, President Barack Obama pledged to lead a global coalition of countries committed to degrading and destroying the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Alongside airstrikes, train-and-equip programs for moderate rebels and efforts to stop the flow of fighters into and out of the region, the president added that… Read More

What the Gaza War Taught Us

I was in Israel with my congregation when the Gaza War broke out. We had just sat down for our farewell dinner when we heard the red alert. Rockets from Gaza were on their way. The staff calmly directed us to its safe room. Thankfully, Iron Dome intercepted all the rockets, and we returned to… Read More

Connect With Us Online

The Internet has changed the way we communicate, shop and interact within our community. A national survey to mark the 25th anniversary of the Web, conducted by the Pew Research Center, quantified its incredible reach and impact. Today, 87 percent of Americans use the Internet, with near-saturation usage among those living in households earning $75,000… Read More

BBYO: A Truly International Experience

BBYO teens around the world had been waiting with great anticipation for the morning of Sept. 30, when online registration opened for the organization’s largest convention of the year — the International Convention. With more than 2,000 teens expected to register, BBYO staff nervously monitored its website, hoping it wouldn’t crash as the clock turned… Read More

Don’t Lose Sight of Terror’s Human Impact

In the wake of the historic verdict by a federal court in Brooklyn that found Jordanian Arab Bank liable for knowingly providing financial services to Hamas, it’s important to remember that the decision can be more than just a message to financial institutions doing business with terrorists. This landmark ruling should also be an incredible… Read More

Give People Hope: Restore Federal Funding for Medical Research

The failure of Congress to approve funding for the National Institutes of Health for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 is yet another blow to patients and families whose hopes for alleviating their burden of disease and disability are intertwined with groundbreaking biomedical research. On behalf of all the physicians, scientists and health professionals… Read More