The Flavor of Memories

Variety is the spice of life, or so the proverbial statement goes. But in so many things — religion, politics, work, art, etc. — the truth of William Cowper’s assertion can be seen, if not proven. A blank canvas is not all that different from an entirely red one; and a meeting hall full of… Read More

Renegotiate? Foolish Idea

The Iran nuclear agreement once again took center stage at the recent AIPAC meeting (“Sights Set Squarely on Iran,” March 25). That agreement could and should have been tougher on Iran but was probably the best our allies would agree to. But the debate today is not on whether this is a good agreement, it… Read More

Eternal? Not True

Add another untruth to the Donald Trump litany of lies, as documented by Politico and other fact-checkers: He promised AIPAC that, as president, he would move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the “eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.” Eternal? As in forever, all the time, from time immemorial?  Categorically not… Read More

Epidemic? Not So

Unfortunately, Jon Sussman undermines his call for support from the Jewish community for police reform when he claims that “police violence targeting people of color has reached epidemic levels in this country” (“Stand Up for Police Reform,” April 1). Hyperbole in the interest of a good cause is still an illegitimate use of the language…. Read More

Trump Stands by His Man

When it comes to the historic candidacy of billionaire Donald Trump, the Republican firebrand whose march to the White House has caused us all to rethink this nation’s political order, there are clear differences of opinion. Trump’s distasteful comments about women and abortion, his lack of depth when it comes to foreign policy, his seeming… Read More

The Human Rights Smoke Screen

Contrary to what you may have heard, the United Nations did not name Israel as the world’s top violator of human rights. Nonetheless, the world body and its commissions and councils remain disproportionally focused on and critical of the Jewish state. On March 18, the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women passed a resolution… Read More

Join the Conversation

Last year, I was honored to be accepted as a Schusterman Fellow through the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. This international leadership development program is  designed for individuals who are committed to growing their  capacity to exercise leadership in the Jewish sector. The foundation invests significant  resources in their fellows with the goal of… Read More

A Pinterest Passover Prepares No Memories

My family has a Passover recipe folder. Whoever is hosting the Seder is the keeper of the folder. Last year, when I was talking to a friend about our Seders and asked how she would be preparing her menu, she said, ìI’m just going on Pinterest. You can search ëPassover’ and get tons of recipes.î… Read More

A Time to Question

With just two weeks to go until Pesach, it’s a fair bet that most of us are deeply entrenched in preparations for the holiday and its centerpiece — the Seders. We’re cleaning, we’re organizing, we’re buying, and we’re studying, all while the children in our midst are practicing for the hallmark Four Questions. That’s right!… Read More

The First Jewish Doctors Parschat Tazria, Leviticus 12:1-13:59

In 1990, Dr. Gail Wilensky asked me to make an invocation at her installation as director of Medicare and Medicaid. I included Birkat Ha-kohanim, the priestly blessing, since the Torah speaks about the role of the Kohen in diagnosing illness and disease. It also makes the kohanim responsible for public health, although not necessarily as… Read More