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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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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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Anti-Semitism Turned on Its Head

  BLOG POST IN THE TIMES OF ISRAEL | November 30, 2017   Despite the 22,000 people who signed a petition to stop Linda Sarsour’s talk on anti-Semitism at The New School, the so-called [...]

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Charlottesville: Racism, Bigotry & The Torah’s Response

  SERMON DELIVERED BY RABBI MARK WILDES | August 19, 2017   In this past week’s Torah reading, Parshat Re’ah, referring to the idolatrous and pagan altars existing in the land of [...]

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When It Comes To Dating, Chats Beat Apps Every Time

 PUBLISHED IN THE FORWARD   Despite the ease with which men and women connect using phones, social media and the Internet, lasting relationships seem to be harder than ever to obtain. When [...]

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Millennials and Religion: A New Perspective

 PUBLISHED ON THE HUFFINGTON POST   Research indicates that significant numbers of Millennials reject or are at best indifferent to religion. A survey by the Pew Research Center in 2015 [...]

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A Holiday In Memoriam – To Celebrate or To Mourn?

PUBLISHED ON THE HUFFINGTON POST By Rabbi Mark Wildes, with contributions by Michelle Soffen Dedicated to the memory of slain student Second Lieutenant Richard W. Collins III   It’s 8:00pm. [...]

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