The Importance of Unity

2013_Runyan_-Josh

The people have spoken, but by the time you read this, we probably don’t know fully what they said. All that we really know for sure is that history was made Tuesday in Israel’s much-anticipated parliamentary elections. With a vigorous turnout that hasn’t been seen in years, Israelis went to the polls to choose from… Read More

Sanctifying Time and Space, Shabbat and the Building of the Mishkan Parshat Vayakhel-Pekude

At the beginning of Parshat Vayakhel, Moses convokes the entire community and reiterates the commandment on Shabbat observance: “These are the things that the Eternal has commanded you to do. On six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you have a Sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Eternal; whoever does… Read More

A Matter of Survival

2013_Runyan_-Josh

Not since the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 has the threat of homegrown terrorism been so real to so many Americans. In the years since, Islamist radicals, albeit foreign-born, have proven their ability to wreak havoc on American soil, while just last month a White House conference… Read More

Wiesel No Icon, Part I

Like former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, memoirist and Holocaust performance artist Elie Wiesel is a one-trick pony. In the case of the former, the forte is municipal crisis management; the latter, the legacy of the Shoah. But Giuliani no more owns 9/11 than Wiesel does the Shoah. And when they venture outside their… Read More

Wiesel No Icon, Part II

It has to be said, and if no one else seems willing to do so, let it be me: “Icon” Elie Wiesel is one of the few individuals of whom it can be stated without the slightest fear of contradiction that he personally, professionally and financially profited from the Holocaust (“Icon Makes Political Statement,” Feb…. Read More

Obama, Take Notice

Contrary to President Barak Obama’s understanding, there was something very new in Benjamin Netanyahu’s address before Congress: honesty, strength, remarkable courage, overwhelming love for his country and an iron determination to defend it (“Pulling No Punches,” March 6). Pray for such a man for our own country.

Hamantaschen: Made from Scratch

What is this “change of pace” with new flavors for hamantaschen (“Change of Pace,” Feb. 27)? Is this because we are tired of eating homemade hamantaschen all year? My mother did not have white chocolate chips, espresso or Nutella in her pantry. She simply prepared her made-from-scratch poppy-seed filling in one bowl, placed the filling… Read More

God’s Punishment

For American Jews who believe in Divine Providence, the message — i.e., the timing — of the unusual Purim (March 5) snowfall in the Baltimore-Washington area is transparent. It was heavenly punishment for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meretricious and overweening address to the U.S. Congress (“Pulling No Punches,” March 6). Put another way, one… Read More

Together as One, Forever United

“Together as one, forever united.”The importance of these words has recently, in the face of constant anti-Semitism, stood out to the global Jewish community. During Presidents Day weekend, more than 2,000 Jewish teens from around the world gathered in Atlanta for BBYO’s annual International Convention to demonstrate how, when taken to heart, these words have… Read More

Obama’s Failed Foreign Policy

landau

Rarely has a speech given by a foreign international leader received such a voluminous ocean of words, warnings and dire consequences as that given to ally and friend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. He is only the second leader — the first was the late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill — to have addressed… Read More