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The Real Choice: A Shavuot Message

Our generation is more torn on social issues than ever before. Gender, gun control, free speech and now abortion. Conservatives and liberals, democrats and republicans have never been further [...]

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The Standing Ovation Which Never Should Have Been

Will Smith’s slapping Chris Rock at the Oscar’s has attracted a lot of attention. And for good reason. One is never justified in assaulting a person simply because they were offended by a verbal [...]

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Finding Happiness in What You Already Have: A Thanksgiving Message

We tend to appreciate the basic gifts of life only after they are threatened. As long as we remain in good health, we go about our daily lives, not paying much attention to what is happening [...]

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The Spiritual Cosmopolitan: Can You Be Religious and Worldly?

“Isaac loved Esav…but Rebecca loved Jacob.” (Genesis 25:28) It’s not difficult to understand why Rebecca loved Jacob. He was a parent’s dream child, studious and pure. Trying to understand why [...]

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The Jewish James Bond

Daniel Craig’s last appearance as James Bond can be seen beginning this Friday is theaters in “No Time To Die.” Whether it’s Daniel Craig, Sean Connery, or Roger Moore, [...]

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Is Your Judaism Portable?

A colleague, Rabbi Jonathan Gross served as a rabbi in Omaha, Nebraska for close to a decade. Nebraskans, as you may know, take their football and their home team – the Huskers – very [...]

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Imagine: John Lennon and Jewish Universalism

Growing up, John Lennon was a major part of my life. By the time I was twelve I knew most of the Beatles songs – their music, lyrics and all of Ringo’s drum solos. My favorite Beatle was [...]

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Returning Lost Property…and Fellow Jews

On the night before Passover, Rabbi Akiva Males, a young rabbi in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was absorbed in the mitzvah of Bedikat Chametz(searching for the Chametz) in his shul. While [...]

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Regaining Nuance in a Cancel Culture

Last week on Chanukah, one of my students asked me a very good question: “Rabbi, why do we celebrate the Maccabees each year on this holiday? I know they saved the Jews from the Greeks, but [...]

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The True Meaning of Chanukah

A few years back The New York Times published a disturbing opinion column by Michael David Lukas called “The Hypocrisy of Hanukkah.” There was a lot wrong with the article, but it [...]

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