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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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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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