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Mar 23, 2021, 6:04 PM
Politics in the Haggadah and the odd Seder in B’nei Brak
The Pesach Haggadah seems, on the surface, to be a very straightforward book. It sets out, step by the step, the ritual for the ceremonial meal eaten in commemoration of the Exodus from Egypt, in fulfillment of the Torah’s...
Apr 13, 2020, 1:07 PM
Corona is scary. Remaining unprepared for it is scarier
The current COVID-19 crisis puts all of us into a state of anxiety. Everyone is scared of infection, and of the consequences of getting sick. What might happen to families and loved ones in the event someone is infected...
Aug 18, 2019, 2:14 PM
Losing myself and seeing renaissance reflections 3 years after making aliyah
ארץ ישראל אינה נקנית אלא בייסורים, וכל שחביבה ארץ ישראל עליו ומקבל עליה ייסורים באהבה זוכה ורואה בבניינה-שי אגנון. The land of Israel cannot be acquired except through suffering. But all who love the Land of Israel, and accept the...
Mar 31, 2019, 1:43 PM
Letters to my son on his trip to Poland
My oldest son, Alex, spent the past week in Poland with this school. These trips are something of a high school student’s rite of passage here in Israel. I confess to no small amount of ambivalence toward these trips....
Aug 1, 2018, 6:08 PM
I’d Rather be an Immigrant Than an Oleh
A quick perusal of the relevant verses in the Torah, reveals that at least ten times the Jewish people are enjoined to act mercifully toward the “Ger.” The Bible’s justification for that command is that we must ever remember...
Jun 24, 2018, 5:57 PM
Minister Oren: Middle Aged Olim Count Too
Deputy Minister, Michael Oren, recently announced an embryonic plan to financially incentivize Aliyah from America (see here). But he qualified the type of Olim he’s seeking; young ones. As the article states: “When I moved to Tel Aviv I...
Mar 29, 2018, 5:19 PM
Of betrothal and matzah
There is a famous statement in the Talmud Pesachim, that compares the eating of matzah prior to the time of the Seder to having illicit sexual relations with one's betrothed in her father’s home. Most commentators understand this odd...
Apr 23, 2017, 3:18 PM
The Yom HaShoah test
Why he's glad he's taking the Israeli bar exam on Holocaust Remembrance Day
Feb 23, 2017, 6:40 PM
Linda Sarsour’s Trojan Horse
On February 21, 2017, Jews in America and world over awoke to a horrific sight. An historic cemetery in St. Louis was vandalized in an apparent act of anti-Semitism. Over two hundred headstones were overturned. Gratifyingly, public reaction has...
Jan 22, 2017, 5:41 PM
An Open Letter to R. Aryeh Frimer
My friend R. Aryeh Frimer and his brother R. Dov Frimer, as part of their ongoing investigation to the Halachik legitimacy of Partnership Minyanim, recently published a rejoinder to R. Ysoscher Katz's analysis of their book length study of...
Daniel Schwarz, an attorney with offices in Jerusalem, Efrat and Rehovot, made Aliyah from Rockland County, New York in 2016. He's also an avocational chazzan.