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Sep 24, 2021, 11:20 PM
What the Hevel? Thoughts on Kohelet
Utter futility! - said Kohelet - Utter futility! All is futile! (Kohelet 1:2) Ecclesiastes is not a very cheerful book. In fact, the Talmud (Shabbat 30b) teaches that the Rabbis wanted to hide Kohelet because it contains such contradictory and...
Jun 14, 2021, 5:41 AM
My friend Naftali is now Israel’s prime minister
We met when the Bennetts came to services at Manhattan's KJ congregation and discovered a Judaism that, like Avraham’s tent, is open to all
Jul 29, 2020, 1:46 AM
Meira is in the East and We Remain in the West
What is it like to see one’s daughter off as she makes aliya? Yesterday, I found out. Our oldest, Meira, flew to Israel yesterday. After the mandatory 14-day quarantine, she will join Garin Tzabar, a kibbutz-based program that supports lone...
Jul 3, 2020, 10:36 PM
What a Country!
“I absolutely and entirely renounce my US nationality together with all rights and privileges and all duties and allegiances and fidelity thereunto pertaining…” This is the declaration one makes when renouncing one’s US citizenship. Why would anyone do such a thing?...
Jun 5, 2020, 8:45 AM
Outrage and Solidarity Must Only Be the Beginning
On Tuesday evening, my daughter and I watched as some 5,000 peaceful protesters marched past our Manhattan home, calling for justice and change in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. Recent days have unleashed some...
May 28, 2020, 8:22 AM
Slow Down; Don’t Move Too Fast
We are, by no means, finished with the coronavirus pandemic, but all 50 states are reopening. Hopefully, government officials guided by the medical professionals will maintain the right balance of remaining cautious while guiding the critical process of reopening businesses...
Apr 14, 2020, 8:41 AM
It’s Not Over – It’s Omer
What happens if you forget to count a day of the Omer? We’re familiar with the calculation. If one forgets to count at night, one can count during the day without a beracha and can then continue counting with a beracha going forward. If, however,...
Apr 3, 2020, 12:19 AM
What a familiar Haggadah tells us this year
The Haggadah text is so effective and meaningful because it is so familiar. In 1973, after the Yom Kippur War, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir was invited to be the guest of honor at a dinner in New York hosted...
May 10, 2019, 4:24 PM
Israel Makes Judaism Better
Is Judaism better in Israel? "Anyone who resides in the Land of Israel is considered as one who has a God, and anyone who resides outside the Land of Israel is considered as one who does not have a God."...
May 2, 2019, 9:25 AM
Never Forget Plus Always Remember
Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, is critical. In a world so full of hatred and violence against Jews, philosopher Emil Fackenheim’s “614th mitzvah” to ensure Hitler never wins is more important than ever. He wrote: "... we are, first, commanded...
Rabbi Elie Weinstock is Senior Rabbi of the Jewish Center of Atlantic Beach in Long Island. A believer in a Judaism that is accessible to all, he prefers "Just Judaism" to any denominational label.