Israeli Independence Day celebrations in Boston were muted and security was increased in the wake of bombings that left three dead and dozens injured at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
This week’s portion bears one of the Torah’s great enigmas. What exactly did Moshe Rabbeinu do that prompted God to bar him from crossing the Jordan into Israel? What was the infraction?
Students from Maimonides Academy raised $350 at three lemonade stands Dec. 11, to support families that the school has adopted through Jewish Family Service’s (JFS) Adopt-a-Family program. Maimonides, an Orthodox day school that teaches preschoolers to eighth-graders, has adopted one senior citizen and a family with four children.
Students from Maimonides Academy raised $350 at three lemonade stands Dec. 11, to support families that the school has adopted through Jewish Family Service’s (JFS) Adopt-a-Family program.
In the eyes of the American judicial system, said fraud investigators and asset hunters, some innocent victims of Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme are legitimate targets for government and civil actions seeking to compel them to disgorge any gains they derived.
This is not the time to extinguish the many institutions that have risen up to create a civil society. The arts nourish the soul, schools nurture the potential of our youth and promote the scientific and creative research that will secure our future.
Diet books don't often include approbations from rabbis, but they're appropriate for "The Life-Transforming Diet," a structured eating plan based on the writings of physician and Torah scholar Maimonides.
It's impossible to augur the future of the Jewish people. It can only be summed up in two words: "I hope."
If the great Maimonides ever came back to life and found himself in Los Angeles, chances are he'd look for a house on a small street called Detroit, between Oakwood Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, one block west of La Brea Avenue. There are no holier streets in Los Angeles.
This little discovery happened thanks to my 10-year-old daughter, Mia, who informed me recently that she had volunteered me to be a driver for her upcoming class outing. Little did I know what kind of class outing it would be: a minitour of a very Jewish neighborhood -- not my neighborhood of Pico-Robertson, but the neighborhood of Hancock Park.
It must have been quite a scene in that little courthouse in Jerusalem. Rav Qapah, a Yemenite Jew who sat on the Jerusalem Beit Din (court of law), was hearing a case involving a commercial dispute between a Jew and an Arab.
The disengagement or expulsion has ended. But is this also the end of religious Zionism? Are there lessons we can and must learn that may enable us to emerge stronger from this most difficult period?
The first lesson we learned is that we are indeed one nation. There was no real violence, and there was even majestic fortitude and an exaltation of spirit displayed by many Gush Katif settlers and leaders.
On the other side of the barricades, only a small number of soldiers refused to carry out military evacuation orders, despite the charge to do so from major rabbinic voices; the soldiers and police behaved with incredible sensitivity and restraint.
It was heart wrenching but uplifting, a period in which I was both tear-filled and pride-filled to be an Israeli Jew.
"I'd like to know that America is going to take actions against those who could be threatening me," said 17-year-old Ezra Pinsky, clutching his letter. "It's not going to be a pleasant year if I'm in danger."