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Nov 1, 2018, 11:13 PM
What Trenton can do in the wake of Pittsburgh
How do you prevent terror? How do you stop someone full of rage and hate from shooting up a synagogue on Shabbat morning? And, beyond the generic you, what can we, the specific individual Jews in our New Jersey synagogues and voting booths, do to...
Jun 28, 2017, 10:17 PM
A religious case for repealing the Affordable Care Act
A new American theology blames the less fortunate and bolsters the repeal of Obamacare
Jun 22, 2017, 8:00 PM
Last week, David Grossman won the Man Booker International Prize for his novel “A Horse Walks Into a Bar.” Published in Israel in 2014 and in translation this year, the novel primarily is the story of Dov Greenstein, who is standing on a stage in...
Oct 13, 2016, 11:32 PM
My mother, my teacher
On Shabbat morning, August 8, 2015, my mother died. On Sunday, October 16, her gravestone will be unveiled. Here is the eulogy I delivered at her funeral. “My mother, my teacher,” is how we refer to our mothers when we pray for their blessing in...
Aug 3, 2016, 9:34 PM
Bar Kamtza was right
We’re approaching Tisha B’Av, the day of mourning for the destruction of God’s Temples in Jerusalem and for nineteen centuries of Jewish exile. And I’m wondering whether Bar Kamtza was right. It was because of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza that Jerusalem was destroyed, the Talmud...
Nov 13, 2015, 5:24 PM
Ways, means, and meaning
This is, as Jeremy Fingerman notes on these pages, “the time of our convening,” when our Jewish organizations gather and bring us together. In this issue, we bring you our report from the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, which met in...
Jul 16, 2015, 8:24 PM
Fires of inclusion and exclusion
It has been just more than three and a half years since swastikas desecrated Temple Israel in Maywood, here in Bergen County, New Jersey. A week later, Temple Beth-El in Hackensack was targeted. “At a time when the Jewish community should be celebrating the joyous...
Larry Yudelson is associate editor of the Jewish Standard.