Monday, November 25, 2013
‘Thanksgivukkah’? Not quite
It’s taken American Jews a good century to fully absorb the miraculous idea that this country is unlike any other that Jews have experienced. After. . .
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
U.S. suckers on the loose
When I see the earnest and eager John Kerry globe-trotting the world in his sharp business suits trying to convince mullahs not to build a nuclear. . .
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Obama: Lies and Consequences
We teach our kids two things about honesty: One, that “honesty is the best policy,” which means that, ultimately, it’s in one’s interest to. . .
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Best. Site. Ever.
It’s common these days to micromanage what information we receive. Many of us have a list of favorite Web sites and blogs we regularly go to, as. . .
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Obamacare: Glitches or death spiral?
It’s not easy to wrap your mind around a complex program like Obamacare, which features 381,517 words in its actual bill and 11,588,500 more words. . .
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Judaism vs Americanism: An oasis of ideals
In the great, century-long love affair between America and the Jews, it’s tempting to assume that Jewish and American values are perfectly aligned.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
There’s a nasty food fight going on right now in the Orthodox world between the stringent groups and the more open ones.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Can common sense save Judaism?
It’s funny how the American Jewish community has a way of getting all breathless and excited when a new study comes out, as is happening right now. . .
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Raheel Raza’s Jihad
If the religion of Islam ever succeeds in eradicating its extremist and violent elements, it will be because of devout Muslim women like Raheel Raza,. . .
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Yossi Klein Halevi’s dream
Too many books about Israel try to tell us what to think or feel. Whether from the left or right, it seems that the subject of Israel brings out the. . .
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Is beauty a Jewish value?
When we talk about Jewish values, we usually refer to things like justice, compassion, generosity, humility, honesty, faith, wisdom and so on. We. . .
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Scroll of a lifetime
“Imagine your congregation gathered to witness the first strokes of the Scribe’s quill on new parchment ... Feeling a real connection to the. . .
Monday, September 2, 2013
Happy new mitzvah
“Organized Judaism is in trouble.” I’ve been hearing that refrain for years now, from rabbis and Jewish leaders in speeches, sermons, op-eds. . .
Friday, August 30, 2013
Jews helping Syrians: Never invited, always welcome
As President Barack Obama and the world deliberate over how to respond to Syria’s murderous decision to use chemical weapons, a group of Israeli. . .
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
High Holy Days: Eating Holy
Here in Pico-Robertson, we’re bracing ourselves for the annual onslaught of kosher calories known as the Holy Month. Some people think that this. . .
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Love in the time of Elul
I confess there’s something that’s always bothered me about this time of year, when we put such a big emphasis on reflecting on our mistakes. Why. . .
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
On bombing Iran
“The Iranian regime supports violent extremists and challenges us across the region. It pursues a nuclear capability that could spark a dangerous. . .
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Why peace talks will fail
The conventional wisdom is that the revived Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are doomed to fail. The popular reason cited is that “the maximum the. . .
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The silent killing of Christians
The Middle East may be a raging wildfire, but the eyes of the world are on the revival of the Israeli-Palestinian peace dance — that. . .
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Charedim need more Judaism
I saw two opposite ends of Jewish tolerance last Friday night in Jerusalem’s Old City. As I walked through the Jaffa Gate on my way to a Shabbat. . .
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The problem with prayer
If the practice of Judaism is based on synagogue attendance, and if synagogue attendance is based on the passive recitation of prayer, then Judaism. . .
Monday, July 1, 2013
Kerry on the couch
We now join U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lying on the couch in his therapist’s office:
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
There’s no app for humanity
Every time I turn around, I hear about a new app that promises to make my life easier, get somewhere faster, find things quicker. This is the golden. . .
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Jews should get offended
If there’s one thing the Palestinians are great at, it’s saying no. For years now, many peace-loving Jewish heads have been bruised from banging. . .