Jewish Journal

Rabbi Joel Rembaum

  • Commitment Counts

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ask 10 Jews with a reasonable background in Torah the question, "Why did God not allow Moses to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land?" and nine of them would probably say: "Because Moses hit the rock instead of talking to it in order to bring forth water and failed to sanctify...
  • Religious Fire

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Religious zeal is on the rise around the world. It can be a wonderful blessing, and it can be a horrible curse. It all depends on how humans with free will manage it.

    When God allows a Divine Flame to be ignited within the soul of an individual or within the collective soul of a...
  • Whither the First Born?

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    One can learn a great deal about how not to parent by reading the stories of the dysfunctional matriarchal/patriarchal families that comprise a substantial proportion of the narrative in Genesis. One pattern that generates much pain for the dramatis personae of the first book of...
  • Afraid to Face God?

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Many Jews who live their lives in a traditional Jewish way will often punctuate their remarks with the term, "Baruch Hashem,"

    which means "Blessed be Hashem." The words are used as a response to so many situations, both good and bad. It is a way of recognizing that the power and...

  • A Just War May Be Great Risk to Israel

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    There are very few people I know who have an unambiguous perspective on this war. I think we are quite unanimous in our belief that Saddam Hussein is a bad guy who should go -- for the sake of his own people and all the people in the Middle East.

    As a stand-alone goal, the removal...