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Jul 1, 2020, 6:21 PM
Should the Jewish People go it alone?
On June 22, 1982, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin responded forcefully and passionately to a comment from then US Senator Joe Biden that tied expansion of Jewish towns in the West Bank to US foreign aid for Israel. “Don’t threaten...
Jun 25, 2020, 6:24 PM
Holding our Leaders and Ourselves to Account
Part of maintaining any sense of ordered society is a fair and continuous enforcement of laws and regulations. Some of our fellow citizens (local and global) will do as they wish unless and until there are consequences for their...
Jun 19, 2020, 1:59 PM
Slavery, Promise and Legacy
This week my wife and I completed our journey with Madam C.J. Walker born on a Louisiana cotton plantation, to parents who had only just been released from slavery. It was 1869. Her real name was Sarah Breedlove and she...
Jun 11, 2020, 1:48 AM
Change and the unknown: our greatest fears?
Human beings are not fond of the unknown. It's one of the reasons perhaps that many are afraid of dying. Or of getting old. Or being ill. All about not being in control of the day after. Jewish people like...
Jun 5, 2020, 6:19 AM
Our nation: a sum of all parts?
We have been given some painful reminders this year. Values we cherish, priorities we thought ordered correctly, rights and freedoms we took for granted have been placed at risk or taken from us altogether. The first months of 2020 alone...
May 27, 2020, 1:54 AM
Location, location, location – no man’s land: Shavuot
Apparently as early as 1926, property experts were citing "location, location, location" as the three determinants of the desirability of a property. Our 21st century property experts and event planning mavens might find it hard to fathom why a...
May 21, 2020, 8:09 AM
Light Philanthropy: Bamidbar
I think we have all been moved by the medical teams around the world who have worked (sometimes at their own risk) to treat corona-ill folks over the last few months. We have shed a tear upon witnessing the...
May 14, 2020, 8:03 PM
Cushioning The Blow: Behar-Bechukotai
Those who will have the opportunity to attend synagogue services this Saturday during another corona-impacted Shabbat, will perhaps hear (or struggle to hear as we will see) one of the most harsh and difficult passages of the Torah. There, across...
May 7, 2020, 8:33 PM
Corona Impact: Butterflies In Our Hands – Emor
Companies and organizations globally are going through major upheaval including an arguably unprecedented strain on budget and resources as they reassess in the gloomy shadow of the corona virus that has swept across borders, communities and industries. As unemployment figures...
Apr 30, 2020, 11:44 PM
Learning to Love – Acharei Mot-Kedoshim
Where there is love there is life. So said Mahatma Gandhi. Among dozens of other mitzvot (commandments) laid out in this week's double Torah portion, one comes along and appears to instruct us how to feel. We are commanded to love. Rabbi...
Michael Lawrence has been Financial Resource Development Unit Head & Chief Development Officer at the Jewish Agency for Israel since 2016.