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Feb 7, 2018, 5:04 PM
Scenes from outside a courtroom
Recently we read in the Torah about Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, who heard about the Jewish nation’s successful break out (with a lot of help from the Almighty). He decided it was time for Moses to reunite with his wife...
Feb 7, 2018, 4:58 PM
Guatemala: Relating to Non-Jews as Yitro and Not Amalek
This past week I read a heartwarming story about two Jewish congregations from South Florida that traveled to Guatemala to thank the country for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and for its recent decision to relocate Guatemala’s embassy to...
Feb 2, 2018, 6:13 PM
When adjacent become remote
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks speaks of three moral voices in Torah. The wisdom voice promotes goodness, integrity, and responsibility. The prophetic voice calls us to be better, urging repair and renewal. The priestly voice preserves order, instilling habits that bring values to...
Feb 2, 2018, 8:35 AM
There’s a time for religion, and that time is now
Did you see the beautiful full moon the other night? It was a blue moon, a super moon, a Tu B'shvat moon, a lunar eclipse moon, and a moon that filled me with anger. Yes, anger. I'll tell you why. When I...
Feb 1, 2018, 3:55 PM
What covenants do that contracts can't
There's a reason the havdalah candle symbolizes covenant: its multiple distinct wicks produce a single flame (Yitro)
Feb 1, 2018, 1:05 PM
You can't force anyone to be religious
When you keep Shabbat with love, you also accept with love those who decide not to do the same
Feb 1, 2018, 9:10 AM
“The Mountain” Parashat Yitro 5778
It is a well-known fact that the Torah was given at Mount Sinai. This fact is axiomatic and indisputable. Unless, that is, one reads what it actually says in the Torah. The Torah describes how Am Yisrael first arrive in...
Charles E. Savenor
Feb 1, 2018, 9:00 AM
Moses and the missing hug
Was the biblical leader too busy at his job to make time for his family?
Jan 31, 2018, 3:14 PM
How the World Just Escaped Extinction
This is not fake news. Just a short while ago, the world narrowly escaped a catastrophic event, one which could well have caused its total destruction. To my mind, it should have received far more universal attention. In its aftermath,...
Nathan Lopes Cardozo
Jan 31, 2018, 12:32 PM
The Challenge of Yitro: Would You Convert?
As we are daily confronted with a steady increase in the number of Jews who have not only left the fold but are actively involved in anti-Jewish activity inside and outside Israel, it would perhaps be meaningful to study...