Caring for Enemy Soldiers a Fundamental IDF Value

One of the greatest challenges of a medical corps team member is to care for captured and wounded enemy soldiers. I served as an army medic during the 1967 Six Day War in the battle over Jerusalem and as a battalion physician in the 1973 Yom Kippur War in the Sinai Desert. In both wars,… Read More

People of the Book Tales From the Old New Land

Records of our symbiotic relationship to books goes back to the Davidic court and probably much further. Our books are records for us and a wormhole to the inner experience of other places, other eras, other people who dealt with problems not entirely unlike our own. Similarly, old civilizations were at least as connected to… Read More

Tzimtzum: How We Strengthen One Another

Years ago, a boss of mine assembled a large group of employees and challenged us with one sentence made up of 10 two-letter words: “If it is to be, it is up to me.” To be sure, I fully appreciate the role and responsibility we have as individual contributors. But I never really have been… Read More

Sacred Responsibility

Every June as I look around our community, I am inspired by the many graduates, decked out in caps and gowns, celebrating their accomplishments with their loved ones. For many, it’s the end of a journey they began when they were preschoolers and took their initial steps toward independence. Now, these young men and women… Read More

Let’s Break Political Intolerance

The shooting in Alexandria, Va., that nearly killed Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) should be a wakeup call for all of us concerned about today’s nasty political rhetoric. But instead of tamping down the political rhetoric, there are those who are seeking to politicize this tragedy by compounding the blame and hate. For instance, there is… Read More

British Jews Shouldn’t Give Up on Labour

For me, the main takeaway from the British election June 8 was that Jeremy Corbyn, far-left leader of the opposition Labour party, didn’t win it. Most of the ridicule in the wake of the election has been aimed at Conservative Party Prime Minister Theresa May for her political error worthy of an Elizabethan farce —… Read More

Ban on Partisan Pulpits Protects Religious Freedom

That small little law known as the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits electioneering by houses of worship and other charities and which President Donald Trump has vowed to repeal, is exceptionally important to preserve. Even if it is not widely enforced, the permission it grants to the Internal Revenue Service to pursue violators is critical to… Read More

Thank You, Howard County

I remember sitting on a bench at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, googling Howard County. That was almost two years ago. Since then, I have gone through an unbelievable journey of discovery. The people I have met and the places I have visited as Howard County’s shlicha (Israeli emissary) have changed me, and I am now… Read More

People of the Book Family Business

When you watch Officer McCluskey slug Michael Corleone, it should be impossible for a Jew not to wonder how often small Jews got beaten up in the eras of Henry Ford and Father Coughlin by huge Irishman. McCluskey is the old American alpha male — Scotch-Irish, brawny, mercurial, a little dumb. The old American alpha… Read More