Are Female Rabbis a Threat — or Is It the OU?

Last month, the Orthodox Union, the Orthodox administrative body that oversees nearly everything Jewish-related in America, called together a seven-man rabbinic panel to answer the question whether synagogues under the aegis of the Orthodox Union may employ female rabbis. The unanimous opinion of this distinguished panel was a ringing, if eloquent, NO. Citing philosophy, history… Read More

Dancing on a Volcano

In 2017, the world accelerates to light speed. In Pikesville, the Yom Kippur War happened yesterday. Four years ago, I heard a sermon from a rabbi who bemoaned American decline. He also bemoaned centrism’s disappearance and, of course, blamed it on the degeneracy of the next generation. I unwisely wrote him to defend my peers…. Read More

Being Zayde A Two-Way Street

Yes, we certainly all do have opinions about nearly everything, don’t we? We may or may not express them, but the choices we make and our reactions to others are all expressions of “our opinion.” But what is an “opinion”? Miriam Webster says, “1. A view, judgement or appraisal formed in the mind about a… Read More

UN Calls It ‘Palestinian Territory’; History Says It’s Not

The U.N. Security Council resolution condemning “Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem” was one-sided and unfair. That’s obvious. The resolution certainly won’t encourage the Palestinians to negotiate, since they see they can get what they want without negotiating. No doubt about that. And the countries that voted for… Read More

People of the Book?

Gut yor! I’m Evan Tucker. Before we were Tuckers, we were Ticockis, and before that, we were Charlaps, meaning that my family is descended from King David. The direct founder of our lineage is Yakhya Ibn Yakhya, whose name is an acronym for Khiya, Rosh L’Galut Portugal/Poleen, which means somewhere along the way, I had… Read More

Making the American Jewish Community Great Again

Why is it that the tendency of the Jewish community is to splinter over the tiniest of disagreements, to near battle stations when issues as critical as the existential threat to Israel posed by Iran’s nuclear capabilities become an issue of contention? Our ancestors are, no doubt, terribly puzzled over the petty infighting that has… Read More

The Heart of Your Jewish Family

Whether you are in the throes of parenting or you have already raised your children (and are relating to older or adult children), you hope and pray that you have prepared them well. You hope you have passed down a depth of love and values that reflect that. you have nurtured, protected, guided and dispensed… Read More