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Feb 10, 2019, 9:04 PM
February winds: The story of one painting
A tale of Nazis, Solzenitsyn, Gulag, the unspeakable horror of China’s Laogai camp, and the needed redemption of humanity
Jan 18, 2019, 10:35 AM
The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 27
I am better rested. In my wife's and daughter's absence this week, I've permitted myself to sleep in. Instead of my regular 6:30 shacharit minyan, I've taken to attending the 8:30 minyan at a different shul. Two additional hours of...
Jan 16, 2019, 1:41 AM
The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 26
Children begin by loving their parents; after a time, they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. ~ Oscar Wilde I am mourning the father I had, and I am mourning the father I didn't have. He had limitations, and...
Dec 28, 2018, 12:21 AM
New Year’s Eve behind the Iron Curtain
Could I give up the only real holiday I knew when my new American Jewish school insisted it was Christmas?
Dec 19, 2018, 7:26 PM
The pain of being an Israeli
Who is an Israeli? Am I an Israeli? Such questions rarely bother people actually living in that country. By and large, Israelis are not obsessed with self-reflection. They have no time for it, and are preoccupied by more important...
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Dec 17, 2018, 11:27 PM
Urgent call to support Rabbi Cardozo’s Academy
Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo has started a crowdfunding campaign to continue his protest and opposition against corrupted uninspired backward Orthodox Judaism. This link helps you to donate. A group of donors has promised to double any gift received before...
Dec 13, 2018, 10:47 PM
Covered Walls and Bubbles In the Air
This is no intention of bragging. Only stating the facts and the dilemma. On one wall there hangs 21 diplomas and certificates from universities and governments. On other walls there hangs 42 citations, proclamations, testimonials and honors. All tributes for...
Reuven H. Taff
Dec 6, 2018, 7:13 AM
A Chanukah Bush to Remember — Recollections of President George H.W. Bush
As our country prepares to say our final farewell to President George H.W. Bush, I gaze at the wall in my office where there hangs a framed signed photo of President Bush along with students from Gesher Jewish Day...
N. Aaron Troodler
Nov 9, 2018, 6:46 AM
Chatting with My Hero
It’s not every day that you get to meet one of your heroes. As I stood in Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station and waited for him to arrive, I imagined how the conversation would go and rehearsed what I was...
Nov 6, 2018, 12:13 AM
The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 14
It happened that on Friday evening I was the only mourner in my minyan. Between mincha and the end of ma'ariv on Friday, there are three mourner's kaddishes and one kaddish d'rabbanan (rabbis' kaddish), all of which are the mourners' domain. On this...