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Must We Compromise Success to Stay Jewish?: A Chanukah Message

In 1973 at a formal dinner honoring West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, then Prime Minister Golda Meir told the audience: “Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took [...]

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Bias in Fighting Antisemitism

The fierce reaction to Kanye West’s antisemitic comments was warranted and justified. Much has been said about the fallout but there’s an important angle that has not been spoken about which [...]

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The Way Back

The political tension in our nation has been boiling for quite a while now, but the temperature this July 4th feels particularly high after the recent Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe vs. [...]

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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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