A Time of Turmoil

It has really been a hair-raising month of events as a Jew who believes in his history and his integrity as an American rabbi. First of all, UNESCO, that world body dedicated to delegitimizing everything about Israel, declares Hebron a Palestinian historical enclave, despite Jewish biblical history and all current proofs to the contrary. And… Read More

The Water Agreement

Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority took a step toward improving the lives of their people by reaching an agreement last week to increase the supply of fresh water in the region. U.S. Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt announced the agreement on July 13 during a visit to the area, and then said that he… Read More

New Hope for Israel’s Labor Party

In France, Emmanuel Macron ran from the center, eviscerated the traditional conservative and Socialist parties and outflanked the frightening far-right National Front to become president. His newly minted political party then won a majority in the National Assembly. Will Avi Gabbay do the same in Israel? To be sure, there are differences in France’s and… Read More

Do We Really Oppose Terrorism?

It is hard to imagine that it has been 14 years since the day that changed my life forever. Fourteen years ago, on June 11, 2003, I was on bus No. 14 in Jerusalem when an 18-year-old terrorist boarded strapped with explosives and detonated. More than 100 of us were injured and 17 innocent people… Read More

Being Zayde Why Is the Sky Blue?

There certainly are a few scientific explanations about the color of the sky and how our atmosphere interacts with the sun’s rays to play tricks on our eyes to show us “color.” There is more to it than that. Remember, we are made in G-d’s image. What we see should be a reminder of grace… Read More

What Was the Sin? Parshat Pinchas

Why did Pinchas kill Kozbi? Was it because of her immoral sexual seduction of an Israelite, Zimri ben Salou, or because she and her Midianite clan worshipped the idol Pe’or? Rashi (ad loc.) is aware of the ambiguity of the verse and suggests that the end-goal of the Midianites, and the reason for which they… Read More

Doing Our Part

Northern Parkway is no longer the dividing line that it once was. Communities to the north are integrated. Communities to the south affect those to the north. “Uplifting the city and its neighborhoods can in turn uplift the entire Baltimore area — and its residents along with it,” managing editor Marc Shapiro wrote in his June… Read More

Not-So-Jewish Marriage

The headline that the JT chose for its June 28 cover story, “Something Old, Something New,” comes from an Old English (not Jewish) rhyme. If you had wanted it to sound “Jewish,” perhaps you could have paraphrased it to say, “Something Holy, Something True.” But alas, there really was not much in the article that was… Read More

Road to Understanding

Israel is a democracy with a strong Orthodox Jewish influence in guiding government decisions (“Dividing Wall,” July 5). Within Israel, the government can decide who is a Jew and who can pray where and when. It is a matter of law in a sovereign state. In recent years, there has been some tension between Jews… Read More

Netanyahu’s Indian Bromance

It wasn’t exactly “From Here to Eternity,” but the image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, up to their shins in the Mediterranean surf and discussing desalination, says a lot about the budding romance between the two Asian democracies. Modi, in Israel last week, was received by Israelis with… Read More