Baltimore Riots: A Perspective From Ground-Zero

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When addressing current events or communal concerns from the pulpit, I endeavor to do so in the context of a Torah perspective. I always seek to distinguish between the Torah and my own opinion. What I share with you here is subjective. It is my hope and prayer that these personal reflections will offer some… Read More

A Letter to the Community

Dear beloved community, The events of this past week have shaken and rattled our community and city. What began as peaceful protests in response to police brutality devolved into widespread chaos and destruction.  As is often the case, there is a fine line between the holy and unholy, between raising a voice to power and… Read More

Good and Religious

It is a debate that goes back to the time of Plato. I have personally been discussing this issue for much of my life, particularly in my conversations with colleagues in the field of psychotherapy. It can even be argued that this debate has its origin in one of the two Torah portions we read… Read More

Turn to Fox News

Avrum Ashery (“Advocating for Israel in the American Media,” April 17) believes Israel’s accomplishments in medicine, agriculture, water desalination, etc. should be publicized. He advocates a campaign of TV spots and ads in newspapers and magazines. He believes these “messages could wow the American people” into contacting their representatives in Congress to support Israel. There… Read More

Hillary? No Way

After Barack Obama, the worst president we have ever had, why would we want Hillary Clinton (“Poll of the Week,” April 17)? She is not for Israel in any way. We cannot be that stupid again. I never voted for Obama. He has run this county into the ground, and there’s no reason not to… Read More

J Street: No Friend of Israel

In reference to “What’s Next for the Israeli Left” (March 27), it is time for J Street to be exposed for what it really is: an organization that is detrimental to the security and well-being of Israel. At its recent policy conference, J Street invited known terrorist sympathizer Saeb Erekat to address its delegates. Erekat,… Read More

The Deal with Iran: Is It Really So Good ?

Guess the author of this reaction to the American (and P5+1) led treaty with Iran to be signed in June: “This is a dangerous agreement, particularly for Saudi Arabia … it provides Iran with what it needs most to pursue its wars and expansionism against the Arabs. Lifting the sanctions is America’s way of backing… Read More

Why Doesn’t World Care about Palestinian Refugees in Syria?

It’s happening again — Palestinian refugees are caught between warring factions in the Middle East and the world is reacting too slowly to their plight. In earlier times, Palestinian refugees found themselves in the crosshairs at the Sabra and Shatila camps, when Lebanese Phalangists massacred them while Israeli forces stood by. Now it’s the Yarmouk… Read More

The Death of Warren Weinstein

President Obama addresses the media after two hostages were killed in Yemen during a failed rescue attempt.
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Is the fog of war to blame for the death of Warren Weinstein? President Barack Obama suggested as much on April 23 when he told the country about the U.S. drone strike in January on an al-Qaida camp in Pakistan that mistakenly killed Weinstein, a kidnapped USAID worker, and Giovanni Lo Porto of Italy, who… Read More

A Unique Tragedy

Each of the recent well-publicized and widely condemned deaths of young black men at the hands of police, beginning last August with the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., has its unique circumstances. The unexplained injuries that led to the death of Freddie Gray on April 19 after his arrest by Baltimore Police is… Read More