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Cancel the Cancel Culture

For many years, actress Felicity Huffman played a “Desperate Housewife” on TV. But it was for something she did in real life that made her even more famous. Last year, Huffman was charged in a [...]

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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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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 [...]

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Judaism’s Response to “Workism”

Judaism’s Response to “Workism” NOW FEATURED ON TIMES OF ISRAEL Last week I met with one of my students for an early morning Torah study session. My student, let’s call him [...]

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When Silence is a Crime

By Rabbi Mark Wildes Now featured on Time of Israel!   The Virtue and Crime of Silence Silence can sometimes be a virtue. For example, when the Biblical figure Aaron lost his two sons in a [...]

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Santa vs. Latkes: Fighting for a Deeper Judaism On Chanukah

By Rabbi Mark Wildes       Since Chanukah is such a joyous time I hate to get negative. However, as a student of Jewish history and a rabbi involved in outreach, I feel compelled [...]

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Type in ‘Jewish’ and ‘Money’: See What Comes Up

By Rabbi Mark Wildes  NOW PUBLISHED ON TIMES OF ISRAEL     On November 9, Twitter user @voidmstr tweeted at Shutterstock, a leading American stock photography company, an image hosted [...]

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Some People Take Revenge. Jews Do Something Else

By Rabbi Mark Wildes       The Jewish Sages teach, based on the life of the matriarch Sarah, that a righteous person never stops growing. A pious person never becomes complacent [...]

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