Carson’s Comments: Reasonable, Realistic

Should a person of the Muslim faith become a candidate for the presidency of the United States, asking that candidate the following questions would be appropriate: Do you accept women as equal to men in every respect, and will you condemn honor killings, forced genital mutilation and discrimination against women? Do you accept the LGBT… Read More

Staying Connected Parshat Vayera

Judaism values a personal connection to the Torah. It values concentration and mental discipline. Perhaps most of all, Judaism values memory. By that, I do not mean learning by rote. I mean memory in a much larger context. Judaism values memories. Judaism grooms our ability to remember and connect to the past; to use our… Read More

The Power of Truth

Truth, it’s been said, is stranger than fiction. How else would you describe the presence of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Amtrak’s hallowed “quiet car,” the ravings of some in Carroll County that one’s  religious identity is inherently incompatible with the Constitution or a self-described “democratic socialist” like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders  drawing thousands… Read More

The Power of Community Parshat Lech Lecha

This Shabbat, we read Parshat Lech Lecha, and the haftarah is from the Book of Isaiah. In the beginning of the haftarah, God tells the Israelites that they are His people and that they shouldn’t be afraid. God affirms His support for them, saying, “I uphold you with My victorious right hand.” Throughout the haftarah,… Read More

Trusting in God Parshat Lech Lecha

The haftarah for Parshat Lech Lecha is from the Book of Isaiah. Isaiah wrote during the time when the Israelites were in exile in Babylon. The people feared that they would never be able to return home. They felt abandoned by God. After all, the Babylonians had destroyed Jerusalem and their beloved Temple. The prophet… Read More

What’s Next?

We may not be witnessing a Third Intifada, but the near month-long upswing in Palestinian violence has its own name nevertheless, with commentators now taking to calling it the “stabbing Intifada.” As is usually the case with monikers crafted for the benefit of simplifying phenomena that logically defy simplification, the name does not do the… Read More

Bibi’s 44-Second U.N. Jab at Obama

The JT’s Oct. 9 story “Netanyahu’s Silent Treatment” reported that  during the Israeli prime minister’s U.N. address, he “stopped speaking for 44 seconds.” How interesting. Why 44 rather than, say, numbers with Jewish significance such as 7, 8, 40 or 18 and its multiples? Because he is a big fan of Major League Baseball  Hall-of-Famer… Read More

Preposterous Letter Deserves Response

The juxtaposition of the Oct. 16 Your Say letters “Pro-Israel Jews Are Ones Being Denied” (Nelson Marans) and “Letter Writer Guilty of Ideological Fraud” (David Gitlitz, M.D.) is serendipitous: The latter is a perfect  example of the lurid name calling and verbal intimidation calibrated to hinder free speech that the former depicts Palestinian sympathizers as… Read More

The Times’ ‘Big Lie’ About the Temple Mount

Two weeks ago, I opened The New York Times to Rick Gladstone’s article, “Historical Certainty Proves  Elusive at Jerusalem’s Holiest Place,” happy that the newspaper of record would explain to its audience the  historical context of this embattled piece of real estate. As I read on, I was horrified. “The question, which many books and… Read More

The Politics of Death, Anti-Semitism and Jewish Paranoia

It was a sobering, sad and tragic month — and that’s before I approach the subject of Israelis killed and wounded in Israel. Let’s examine the facts: Saudi Arabia: Close to 1,800 people were killed during the Hadj, when uncontrolled forces created a surge of such intensity and fear that left an astronomic number of… Read More