A Promise of Blessing

This week’s Torah portion, Eikev, begins relating God’s promise of blessing to the people of Israel. They are about to enter the Promised Land, where God will increase the yield of their harvests and the fertility of their families and livestock if they listen to God. One blessing after another flows through the first verses…. Read More

The Joy of Becoming a Rabbi

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In a time and place when many in my generation perceive religion and politics as one in the same and often opt out of formal community involvement rather than opt in, why would anyone want to become a rabbi? After all, on Sept. 11, 2001, as I began my final year of undergraduate studies at… Read More

Step Forward: Your Help Is Needed

It is a great honor to become Federation president. As I told my daughter, it was a hard-fought campaign with no opponents!  My plan is to continue the efforts of Rob Cahn, my immediate predecessor, to make the Federation into a modern nonprofit organization able to sustain itself and its programs through the contributions made… Read More

Spawn of Hate

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Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan was once a promising Middle Eastern leader. He had good relations with the West and a constructive, strategic relationship with Israel. And then it all fell apart. In the span of a few short years, Erdogan morphed into a despot who promoted a nationalist opposition to the West and a visceral… Read More

Use Diplomacy, Not Bombs

Civilians have paid a horrific price in the ongoing violence in Gaza. I hope my members of Congress will support and work for a lasting cease-fire that includes lifting the Israeli blockade of Gaza. The U.S. has particular responsibility to help end the killing, since U.S. weapons are fueling this conflict. The International Committee of… Read More

For Israel, IDF, BT Answers the Call

As fellow alumni of Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School and veterans of the Israel Defense Forces, we want to thank Jordan Low for his exemplary service to Israel and wish him a full and speedy recovery from his injuries (“Ground Incursion Hits Home,” July 25). Since its inception, Beth Tfiloh has represented a beacon of… Read More

Volunteer Opportunity: Support IDF Bases

Thank you for your editorial on what we can do to help Israel (“Support for Our Beleaguered Israeli Family,” July 18). Another way is to volunteer on an Israel Army base. Volunteers for Israel is the exclusive representative for Sar-El in the U.S. We place volunteers on IDF bases for two to three weeks (some… Read More

Poll Results Point to ‘Forgotten’ History

I was taken aback when I saw the results from the JT poll of July 11. When asked how the U.S. should deal with the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who have flocked across the country’s southern border the past few months, 60 percent of respondents voted to “deport them quickly.” Amazing how so… Read More

Diplomacy, Not Sanctions, for Iran

As negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program continue, I hope my senators and representative will seize the opportunity to publicly speak out in support of diplomacy. New sanctions (“Cruz Takes Aim at Iran,” Aug.1) or other saber-rattling measures could undermine the progress our diplomats have made toward a multi-year agreement that guards against a nuclear-armed Iran… Read More

Do Not Make Yourself a Pesel, Lest Torah Become an Idol

In the next parshah, Moses will tell the Israelite people: “Thereupon the Eternal One said to me, ‘Carve out two tablets of stone like the first, and come up to Me on the mountain; and make an ark of wood. I will inscribe on the tablets the commandments that were on the first tablets that… Read More