Protecting Immigrants at a Time of Persecution

Five years ago, the U.S government began implementation of President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive order deferring deportation for U.S. residents without papers who were brought here by their parents as children. The order came about after the proposed Dream Act, which would have given legal status to those same immigrant children, failed to pass Congress…. Read More

I Did Not March for Hate

On Jan. 21, I was part of the Women’s March in Washington D.C. I was thrilled to share this historic day with members of my family. I marched to show my disappointment with the results of the presidential campaign in which a candidate was elected who had a history of leering sexism, groping hands, barely… Read More

Make It a Smooth Landing

Not unlike an airplane “gearing down” for a smooth landing, this time of year finds many of us in the middle of summer preparing for all life brings in September and the fall season. Some of us are in the second camp session; college bound are preparing for the new semester; and many of us… Read More

Addiction and Jews

The catastrophic numbers of drug users, deaths and overdoses only pale to the nightmare of a 90 percent relapse rate. This plague has not passed over the Jewish people. Does Judaism have anything to offer in the recovery of those battling addictions? Can poring over the weekly portion, mumbling through mincha prayers, tying tefillin, kindling… Read More

People of the Book The Hedgehog and The Fox

The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing. The fox skits about, collecting from every place it can reach; the hedgehog collects exclusively from the small piece of land under which it burrows. The fox is clever and social, he easily escapes conflict and blends into his surroundings. The hedgehog is dogged and… Read More

How Deeply Should We Grieve?

Next month, on the ninth day of the Hebrew month Av, my fellow traditional Jews will mourn the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 587 B.C.E. and the Romans in 70 C.E. We will fast, read the Book of Lamentations and recite kinot — dirges that lament those disasters. Without… Read More