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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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Kavanaugh & Ford: Two Jewish Principles at Stake

By Rabbi Mark Wildes       Watching Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford during the confirmation hearings was upsetting, shocking, and anything but bipartisan. However, if we [...]

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Looking Beyond the Instant to Find Happiness

NOW UP ON THE TIMES OF ISRAEL By Rabbi Mark Wildes Where the Happiest People Live A new study surveying 20,000 young people from 20 different countries reveals a fascinating trend when it comes [...]

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Marching Against Bias

By Rabbi Mark Wildes Last week, as MJE has done for 20 years, we marched in the Annual Celebrate Israel Parade. The parade was watched by over 40,000 people and included officials such as New [...]

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Lag Ba’omer: A Minor Holiday with Major Implications for Jews and Israel Today

  TIMES OF ISRAEL BLOG POST by RABBI MARK WILDES | Monday, May 01, 2018     As a kid I always loved Lag Ba’omer. That was the day my Jewish day school would take us to Flushing [...]

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Something for your Seder

BLOG POST by RABBI MARK WILDES | Wednesday, April 28, 2018   Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchick told the story of a Seder he remembered from his early childhood. Yosef Dov, who would later become [...]

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Some Good From the Bad

BLOG POST by RABBI MARK WILDES | Friday, February 16, 2018 On Wednesday, I was participating in a rabbinic conference in Boca Raton, Florida, just 20 minutes from the high school in Parkland [...]

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JEWISH PRIDE: A LESSON FROM DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

  BLOG POST IN THE TIMES OF ISRAEL | Monday January 15, 2018   In a speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr to the students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on [...]

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