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A Grasshopper Among Men

On May 29, 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to climb Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. What is incredible to me though, is that since that time over [...]

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Memories of a Giant: Personal Recollections of Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm tz”l

As I sat with my family and listened to the memorial service for Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm tz”l, I was overcome with emotion. I must have cried at least three or four times throughout the two-hour [...]

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Give Zoom Dating a Chance

Corona has challenged many critical parts of our lives but for the large singles population of NYC, the pandemic has put a hold on dating and courtship.  For an organization and community (which [...]

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Celebrating Israel in Isolation: Finding Opportunity in the Crisis

After recently helping dozens of members of the Manhattan Jewish Experience community prepare for their Seders alone, and a month into a new world of isolation and social distancing, we received [...]

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The Perfect Time to Break Some Bad Habits

This past Shabbat there was knock at my door. It was one of my students, a 27-year old attorney who frequents Manhattan Jewish Experience and is an important part of our community of young [...]

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A Spiritual Response to the Coronavirus

In the 1960’s, Reb Shlomo Carlebach would travel to the former Soviet Union to distribute Tefilin, Mezuzot, Yarmulkes and other religious items forbidden in Russia at the time. At the end of one [...]

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God and the Impeachment

Something extraordinary and quite religious took place in American politics this week. Senator Mitt Romney became the only Republican to vote in favor of impeachment. What is significant to me as [...]

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Breaking Bad: A Spiritual Perspective on Sexual Harassment

The following was a sermon given by Rabbi Mark Wildes at the Manhattan Jewish Experience on Shabbat, January 18, 2020. Before Moshe’s experience at the burning bush, when he has his first [...]

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Anti-Semitism: When Crisis Creates Opportunity

A crisis can bring out the worst in people, but it can also bring out the best. Within twenty-four hours of the horrific attack on the synagogue in Monsey, Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, the rabbi of [...]