December 24, 2008 | 2:47 amIf you're an active member of the Jewish community -- and perhaps even if you're not -- there's almost no way to properly digest the Bernie Madoff scandal. It's like a quadruple shot of cheap vodka that you drink quickly on an empty stomach. You feel disgusted and drunk at the same...
September 3, 2008 | 10:11 pmOne of the biggest misnomers in the Jewish vocabulary is the translation of tzedakah as "charity." This mistranslation has gone on for so long in the American< Jewish community that it's a hard habit to break. Most Hebrew school kids will give this answer when asked, much as they will say that mitzvah means "good deed" (another misnomer, for another column).
Tzedakah is much more than charity since it comes from the word tzedek, which means "justice." When looked at in this light,...
November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pmHave you ever dealt with someone who insisted s/he was right -- even smugly so -- while actually being objectively, measurably and completely wrong?
Now, let me ask a tougher question: Have you ever been that person? If so, you are in good -- and plentiful -- company.
July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm
This week a friend confessed to me his problem with fasting on Tisha B'av. My friend is Orthodox and Israeli -- an alumnus of one of the elite hesder yeshivas -- and he felt that it would be wrong for him to fast this year on Tisha B'Av.
"I cannot abide the litany of persecution and...