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Nov 2, 2018, 7:19 AM
Not just another act of gun violence
To our non-Jewish fellow citizens, the mass shooting that took 11 lives at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh will be remembered as yet another instance of murderous violence at an increasingly tumultuous time in our nation's history. The...
Sep 18, 2018, 8:56 AM
The Power of Words: A Pre-Yom Kippur Reflection
Words are powerful. Our sages taught (Avot 5:1) that God created the world with ten sayings, each one a combination of words. We begin His praises each morning by proclaiming that with words He brought the world into being. Judaism's most sacred...
Aug 28, 2018, 11:20 PM
“Be strong and of good courage”: An Elul Thought
The central feature of the Hebrew month of Elul is the twice-daily recitation of Psalm 27, better known by its first three Hebrew words, LeDavid Hashem ori (of David, the Lord is my light). Many of us are so...
Aug 15, 2018, 10:23 AM
Distinction with a difference: Analyzing Prager and Shapiro
It's because I don't agree with their politics that I think we must mark the differences between Ben and Dennis
Jul 20, 2018, 12:36 PM
Lessons from Mockingbird: A Tisha B’Av Thought
A recent issue of the New York Times Book Review contained two front page side-by-side review essays that were ultimately about one of my all-time favorite novels, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Technically, the essays were about two...
Jul 10, 2018, 7:25 AM
Congressional Primary Upset: Setback or Disaster?
The Borough of Queens, which has been my home for more than three decades, is known for many things -- as the home of the Mets, the host of the US Open, and the site of two historic World's...
Jun 13, 2018, 8:46 AM
The Supreme Court’s Half Baked Decision: An Update on the Wedding Baker Case
Well, it's June -- the month that the United States Supreme Court customarily issues its decisions in the highest profile cases of its term. True to form, the Court last week issued its decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado...
Jun 1, 2018, 11:17 PM
Progressives and the Lure of Finland: A Word of Caution
Right-wing pundits and pseudo-journalists often bemoan what they see as the overarching power of the State and its ever-growing tendency to take over our lives. I seldom take these prognostications of doom seriously. I fail to see the looming...
May 2, 2018, 9:59 AM
Jewish Unity and the “Jewish Nobel”: Thoughts on the Genesis Prize Controversy
It aspires to be the "Jewish Nobel," but few people have heard of it. The Genesis Prize, a one million dollar annual prize established in 2014, by a handful of Jewish oligarchs from the former Soviet Union, is awarded, according to...
Apr 17, 2018, 7:25 AM
A time to celebrate: A pre-Yom Ha’atzmaut reflection
This isn't exactly breaking news, but Jews tend to do a lot of kvetching. We are experts in finding a dark cloud for every silver lining. Over the course of centuries, after all, we've had a lot of practice. We haven't been paranoid; they...
Douglas Aronin is a retired attorney living in Forest Hills, Queens, who is continuing his lifelong involvement in the Jewish community. His writings have appeared in a wide range of print and online forums.