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Aug 31, 2018, 12:30 AM
Don’t Add or Subtract-A Life of Balance
All you need in life is balance; haven’t we all received this advice, at one time or another? But, is this sentiment anything more than an endearing platitude? When I was younger, hearing this guidance sympathetically expressed was often annoying....
Aug 16, 2018, 8:36 PM
Should Torah Jews Weigh in on Abortion Laws in America?
With the recent nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, there has been a lot of discussion in the media about whether Roe v. Wade will be overturned or chipped away in the future. And I wonder, should we...
Aug 2, 2018, 4:15 PM
Listen, really listen (Ekev 5778)
Stepping out of your bubble and opening yourself up to a mind radically other than your own takes courage
Michael S. Diamond
Jul 31, 2018, 3:26 PM
Now You See Me: Torah portion Vaetchanan
The Sabbath of our consolation, the first of seven. It is fast upon the sunset of the year, the time for the lighting of candles before the crepuscular creatures come out. The week liquid water was discovered on Mars,...
Jul 31, 2018, 5:52 AM
Corporate strategy to protect the “brand identity”
In the absence of our rabbi, members of my Chabad shul in Bedford, New York, delivered mini-Torah discussions on parasha Va’Eschanan in Deuteronomy. I drew the seventh section, chapter 7, about the need to “utterly destroy” the seven nations...
Jul 30, 2018, 6:55 AM
Shabbat Nachamu: That’s The Power of Love
Before Tisha B'Av, I had an argument with a good friend from the synagogue. It was a silly argument over the recent departure of the rabbi at the conclusion of his contract, and unfortunately, the shul became divided over this issue....
Jul 27, 2018, 11:22 PM
Comfort Your Child
Comfort - a word with many connotations. On one end of the spectrum, we have comfort as the healing process that alleviates the grief and pain of a trauma ... On the other end, comfort is the joy of luxurious...
Jul 27, 2018, 11:21 PM
What Jews do
“Are we destined to keep fighting each other?” asked a loyal friend of Israel earlier this week. He was troubled by the recent arrest in Israel of a rabbi for not conforming to authorities who seemed to be flouting...
Jul 27, 2018, 2:50 AM
Seeing is more than believing
How dare Moses ask God to let him into the Land of Israel, after all that happened? (VaEtchanan)
Jul 26, 2018, 3:38 PM
Parashat V’Etchanan: The foundations of peoplehood
In Parashat V'Etchanan, Moshe begins his oration before the People of Israel in the first person, and yet, his subject is not himself, but a nation that he hopes to build with his words. His topic is the memory...