Wednesday, November 20, 2013
George W. Bush and Jews for Jesus
Former President George W. Bush spoke for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI) this past week, and this has led to a good deal of writing on. . .
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
No faith, no Jewish future
In my last column, I suggested a number of reasons for the rise of Orthodox Judaism and the decline in membership among non-Orthodox denominations.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Why Orthodoxy is growing
As almost every Jew knows by now, according to major reports on American Jewry — such as the most recent and most highly regarded Pew report —. . .
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
I know the arguments that people give for delaying marriage: “I’m not ready.” “I need to be financially secure first.” “Right now, I’m. . .
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Family problems? Turn to Genesis
If you have family problems, there is a book that can provide a good deal of consolation. That book, you might be surprised to learn, is the Book of. . .
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Syria, Obama and America
Ten thoughts on the current crisis: 1. American red lines cannot be crossed. President Barack Obama has said that “Assad must go” and that the. . .
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
High-interest Holy Days
This will be the sixth consecutive year that I lead Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. I would like to revisit lessons I have learned in. . .
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Orthodoxy and ethics
One of the most prominent Orthodox rabbis of our time, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of Efrat, related the following story in the July 12-18 issue. . .
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
College and your child
The following are some of the basic postulates about America, religion, society, morality, the arts and Israel that are taught at almost every. . .
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Do men and women matter?
Most Americans do not realize that, as large as the issue of same-sex marriage is (and it is very large), there is an even larger issue at stake in. . .
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
A principal’s speech
Three years ago, I wrote a version of this column. Because it went viral — often listing me as the high school principal who actually gave this. . .
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The Israeli.com and me
For the amusement of readers and to publicize what is probably the most absurd treatment by a retailer I have ever encountered — I am publishing. . .
Thursday, June 6, 2013
California: the left’s laboratory
Our state of California has become a laboratory. The progressive party, the Democrats, holds every statewide office, from governor on down, and they. . .
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Honor trumps love
Between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is a good time to return again to the fifth of the Ten Commandments, “Honor your father and your. . .
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Jews and Christians
I have spent much of my adult life working to bring Jews and Christians together. In particular, I have tried to explain to fellow Jews that. . .
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Who’ll support Israel?
“Israel’s great challenge: gun-hating, gay-backing, grass-smoking young Americans.” That was the title of an article published on April 5 in. . .
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Lessons of the Holocaust
This week, Jews around the world observed Holocaust Remembrance Day. This day ought to be universally observed, because the lessons of the Holocaust. . .
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Time to end ‘Top Rabbis’ list
Kudos to the Jewish Journal and writer Danielle Berrin for a fair and balanced article about Newsweek magazine’s “America’s Top 50 Rabbis”. . .
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Secularism: Great for government, destructive to everything else
Most non-Orthodox Jews venerate secularism. Virtually every movement and organization advancing secularism in the United States has been founded or. . .
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I will use my old friend Richard Gunther’s accompanying letter as a jumping-off point for a discussion of the self-esteem movement.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Judaism’s greatest lesson: Behavior matters most
If I were asked to identify the greatest Jewish teaching, the most important lesson to be learned from all of Judaism, I would argue that, aside from. . .
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I found God at Columbia
Not many people today can say that they found God or religion at college or graduate school. Most universities, after all, are thoroughly secular. . .
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Michael Tolkin: A new low
As I explained — yet again — in my last column, I made the case in my original column, “Why Is Murder Wrong?” “that if there is no God who. . .
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Is murder wrong?: Progressive dialogue
In my last column, I made the case that if there is no God who declares murder wrong, murder is not, in fact, wrong. While human beings can believe. . .