The Drive to Inspire Kindness in the World

In this day and age, doing well and doing good are not mutually exclusive. Although the concept of tikkun olam is rooted in Jewish texts and traditions, its importance and application transcend the Jewish community and can be applied to achieve change in the world at large. Every fall, during the holiday period, I find… Read More

‘Pennies for Preemies’ Parshat Noach

This week’s Torah portion is Parshat Noach, and my Haftarah is from the Book of Isaiah. As a result of the flooding Israel was experiencing,Isaiah likens Israel to a barren woman whom God is ignoring. Now, Isaiah is not saying literally that Israel is a barren woman, but he is expressing that all things that… Read More

Carson’s Remark Makes Perfect Sense

I would like to comment on the JT’s Oct. 2 editorial, “Extremism in the Defense of, What?” On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.” The editorial stated that “Carson’s statement was bigoted and incorrect.” The editorial… Read More

Letter Writer Guilty of Ideological Fraud

Although Rabbi Mitch Wohlberg is more than capable of defending himself and his opinions in this or any other venue, the remarks made by Gideon Donnelly (Your Say, Sept. 25) do more than criticize and impugn the rabbi and his shul; they are an exercise in propaganda and disinformation. Donnelly in his diatribe ignores the… Read More

Pro-Israel Jews Are Ones Being Denied

The claim by Jewish Voice for Peace, a longtime supporter of the Palestinian Arabs, that it is denied access to free speech is an example of the pot calling the kettle black (“On the Attack,” Oct. 9). Ask anyone on a college campus as to who is being denied access to free speech and certainly… Read More

Putin Steps In

Russia’s entry into the Syrian civil war on the side of Bashar Assad’s regime provides a stark contrast to the fuzzy U.S. policy that promised to strengthen moderate rebels fighting Assad as part of an effort to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State group that has taken over swaths of Syria and Iraq. The… Read More

Avoiding an Intifada

Masked Palestinian girls take a break while throwing stones during a clash with the Israeli army north of Ramallah. (Mohammad Alhaj/NurPhoto/Sipa USA/Newscom)

Calming the cycle of violence that has taken Israeli and Palestinian lives and set the two communities closer than ever to the abyss since the last intifada will require a level of leadership that few believe either Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or President Mahmoud Abbas possesses. While both men have called for calm, each has… Read More

Reality of Abuse

Editorial Director

With so much craziness and evil in the world outside, it’s easy for many of us to lull ourselves into thinking that the community we live in is perfect. Such has been the thinking in past generations — and probably of some in the current day and age — who comforted themselves with the hope… Read More

‘Angelic Advice’ Parshat Bereshis

It is a lesson that I was first taught as a schoolchild, just beginning to study Torah. But, like so many other important lessons in life, I ignored it back then, only to finally learn it as an adult. But then, I learned it the hard way. The lesson was a simple one: Don’t make… Read More

With Muslim Influx, Europe Is Done

For hundreds upon hundreds of years, European countries have impoverished, stolen from, beaten, raped, terrorized, shot, bludgeoned to death, burned and finally gassed millions of their own Jewish citizens. Had they had their way, they would have continued until there were no more of these heavily middle-class and wealthy professionals who added immeasurably to their… Read More