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Oct 2, 2020, 8:15 AM
Where Are We? And How Did We Get Here?
A number of years ago I was working with one of our students as he prepared to become a bar mitzvah. He was reading from the Torah during the final rehearsal - and doing a fine job of it,...
Mar 28, 2019, 12:05 PM
What AIPAC conference did YOU attend?
Bibi may have been bombastic, but only the Washington Post saw him stick `a knife in the heart' of US-Israel ties
Mar 9, 2019, 12:14 AM
Our Narrow Bridge is Already Narrow Enough
One of my favorite Hasidic quotes states, "the whole world is a narrow bridge and the most important thing is to not be afraid." I've long viewed this quote as encouraging us to remain optimistic and steadfast even when...
Mar 20, 2016, 4:36 PM
On AIPAC, Trump and Civility
Once again the AIPAC Policy Conference is garnering a great deal of attention. As I, along with over 30 TSTI members, find ourselves in Washington DC as PC Delegates, the fact that Republican front runner Donald Trump is scheduled...
Jun 7, 2015, 8:04 AM
Caitlyn Jenner’s Summer Plans Should Not Include a Visit to Tehran
Caitlyn Jenner, the B-Lister formerly known as Bruce Jenner, has been described as "bold", "courageous" and "stunning". Her interview with Diane Sawyer took the world by storm and, last week, the surprise Vanity Fair cover showing her "post-transition" became...
Mar 16, 2015, 12:19 AM
I’m an AIPAC Activist and Progressive Without Quotes
On March 1st, Rabbi Jonah Geffen, the Rabbinic Director for J-Street posted on Facebook what can be seen as a challenge to his fellow rabbinic colleagues who were about to attend the AIPAC Policy Conference. Question for all my "progressive"...
Oct 31, 2014, 11:37 PM
Goats and the UN Insecurity Council
The other day I read an article indicating that the UN Security Council was, yet again, holding an emergency meeting to deal with an international crisis. That crisis is not the Syrian Civil War, nor is ISIS' beheading of...
Aug 22, 2014, 11:24 PM
Robin Williams: The most important questions to ask
The death of Robin Williams a few weeks ago sent shockwaves through the world. Williams' untimely death was tragic; the fact that he died at his own hand made it even more so. The beautiful tributes flooded in, and...
Aug 14, 2014, 9:45 PM
Israel still inspires
One of the great privileges of the rabbinate is the opportunity to teach the Jewish leaders of tomorrow and play some small role in their learning and growth. One of the great gifts of the rabbinate is seeing those young...
Aug 13, 2014, 5:41 PM
Responding to a friend about Israel
One of my former students shared a post on Facebook the other day that reflected his feelings of intense sadness about what is going on between Israel and Iranian-backed Hamas, and especially about the suffering of the civilians in...
Rabbi Daniel Cohen was ordained in 1993 by the HUC-JIR and has served Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel since 1993. An avid technology geek, for fun he writes for the tech blog Gear Diary.