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Leora Kling Perkins
Mar 12, 2020, 5:47 PM
Somewhere, there is a Timna
Jonathan Goldstein’s father hadn’t talked to his brother in decades. Worried that one of the brothers, now in their eighties, might die before they could reconcile, Jonathan tried to engineer a reunion. “I don’t have feelings about it,” his...
Mar 9, 2020, 8:27 AM
The Mitzvah to Remember
The spread of coronavirus around the world is challenging us in many different ways. For the most vulnerable amongst us, it represents a true health risk. Even in the overwhelming majority of us, who in the event that we...
Mar 8, 2020, 3:53 PM
Adam Schiff’s Purim Message: ‘Here, Right Matters’
Less than two months ago (!), the refrain of Adam Schiff’s electrifying statement closing the second day of the Trump impeachment trial was Colonel Alexander Vindman’s simple explanation for honoring a subpoena and offering testimony to the House Intelligence...
Mar 8, 2020, 7:56 AM
Purim — Not by Chance; Divine Providence Prevails
The story of Purim is a study of what appears to be a series of random acts and chance that are actually the result of divine providence. Achasverosh, a usurper to the throne of Persia. At the party, he kills his...
Mar 7, 2020, 7:53 PM
The real reason that we get drunk on Purim
Most people think they know the Purim story. And everyone thinks they are supposed to get drunk on Purim, regardless of the Rabbis teaching that you are not to get really drunk, but to drink a little more than...
Mar 7, 2020, 7:50 PM
“Don’t Forget This When You Will Want To Rid Yourself Of Your Mission”: Zakhor
This Shabbat is Parashat Tetzaveh/Zakhor. After last week’s instructions on how to build the Tabernacle housing the Ark of the Covenant, the Menorah and other cultic accoutrements, we read this week of the clothes of the Kohen HaGadol (High...
Mar 6, 2020, 9:24 PM
Should we close our shuls for Purim?
When Esther removed her mask, the Divine light shone forth. Now is the time to be a light unto the nations
Mar 6, 2020, 9:02 AM
AIPAC’s Conundrum – Unifying American Jewry
Parshat Zachor, March 7, 2020 In spite of the Coronavirus the turnout to this year's AIPAC conference was beyond expectations. Over eighteen thousand people including over four thousand students were in attendance. This is a remarkable tribute to the organization...
Mar 5, 2020, 2:57 PM
Amalek of the Mind
This Shabbat, synagogues throughout the world, recite one of the most ethically challenging commandments. The mitzvah to recall the war waged by the Amalekites against the Jews appears in several places in the Torah. Remember what Amalek did to you...
Mar 5, 2020, 11:39 AM
“Eternal Vigilance” Parashat Tetzaveh – Zachor 5780
Two weeks ago, we read “Parashat Shekalim”, the first of the special “Four Parshiot” read before Passover, heralding the onset of Passover cleaning. This week we will be reading “Parashat Zachor”, adjuring us to remember the sinister Nation of...