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May 12, 2019, 10:24 PM
Hineh Mah Tov… Sharing a Joyous Space
As it has every year throughout its more than eighty years of existence, the Conservative synagogue I serve- Forest Hills Jewish Center, in Queens, New York- held its annual Journal Dinner-Dance last weekend. The event is a major source of revenue for the synagogue, but...
Dec 28, 2018, 7:20 PM
America, Israel and Syria: This Can Only End Badly
By most accounts, President Trump’s sudden decision last week to withdraw the remaining two thousand American troops from Syria caught Israel’s political and military leadership by surprise , and off guard. For reasons both practical and electoral (are they any different?), Prime Minister Netanyahu was...
Dec 20, 2018, 6:31 AM
Rona Ramon… An Appreciation, In Sadness
As a rabbi, I spend a lot of time trying to help people navigate what I refer to as “cosmic chaos.” Life isn’t always fair, and that discovery is invariably unsettling. . Rabbi Harold Kushner’s When Bad Things Happen to Good People became a huge bestseller...
Nov 28, 2018, 1:05 AM
“We Got Moral Later”
Around the Seudah Shlishit table in my synagogue last week, a lively discussion centered on one of my favorite seasonal topics: how to read and understand the stories in the Book of Genesis. As has been amply noted by scholars and laypeople alike, the main...
Jun 15, 2018, 8:29 AM
Getting personal about depression
I share our story with you to shatter the myth that everyone you see socially is a model of perfection or wellness
Mar 27, 2018, 1:11 AM
All the Lonely People…
That time a man on the street taught me a lesson about what humans truly need
Jan 24, 2018, 3:54 AM
They also serve…
“They also serve who only stand and wait” is the famous tag line of John Milton’s poem “On His Blindness.” Asserting his usefulness in the face of a disability not charitably understood in seventeenth century England, Milton’s words became a more broadly applied affirmation of...
Dec 20, 2017, 12:54 AM
Where is George Carlin When We Need Him?
In 1972, the late and much-missed comedian George Carlin performed a memorable monologue titled “The Seven Words You Can’t Say On Television.” The routine, which for obvious reasons I can’t describe in too much detail here, was brilliant, and, of course, hysterical. It forever etched...
Dec 7, 2017, 3:29 AM
Losing Neil Gillman: A Personal Reflection
In the weeks since his death, many voices have risen to pay tribute to Professor Neil Gillman, the eminent theologian whose teaching career at the Jewish Theological Seminary had an enormous and profound influence on generations of Conservative rabbis and laypeople, myself very much included....
Oct 3, 2017, 9:28 PM
Silence is not the right response
In response to the horrific massacre this week in Las Vegas, President Trump, after proclaiming Stephen Paddock’s murderous rampage “an act of pure evil,” stood outside the White House with his wife and the Pences. Together, they bowed their heads and observed a moment of...
Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.