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Tipping point

UNFORTUNATELY this past week’s mikveh scandal involving the accused Rabbi Barry Freundel is another in a chain of scandals that has been creeping upon the Orthodox Jewish community, painfully with all too much frequency. Sadly, I know that other denominations in Judaism are riddled with their own share of scandals. Being Orthodox, though, I am more familiar with and — for better or for worse — feel more affected when the scandals are from within the Orthodox community.

The Freundel scandal needs to be the tipping point in the Orthodox community. It is time to create a paradigm shift in rabbinic leadership.

Many of the scandals, including this one, are generated by aberrations. Perverts, disturbed personalities or criminals masquerading as authoritative rabbis ruin it for the rest of all the wonderful and devoted rabbis out there. Ruin it, rationally or not, as in breaching the congregant-rabbi relationship, perhaps irreparably.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:31 )

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Zuckerbergs...role models

What a refreshing change. Usually when I am checking email at my Yahoo address (I know, I’m old school), there are news stories highlighted, one more ridiculous than the next. Oftentimes they’re about celebrities’ ostentatious displays of wealth and excess, political pushing, or just random irrelevant information. This time the title of an article finally made me succumb to clicking on a Yahoo story. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have donated $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control...
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Four Species, two complaints

With Sukkot upon us it’s time for the Four Species. In Jewish communities around the world, especially in Israel, and specifically in Jerusalem, there are hundreds of booths selling the Four Species. There is a fragrance in the air: fresh cut wood and the citrusy etrog. Heaven! In search of the perfect etrog, people are scrutinizing etrogim with eagle eyes. Like a baby swaddled and cradled, the etrog is wrapped in silky and golden gossamer flaxen threads. Along with the building of the sukka...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:09 )

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An ironic thank you

It seems like the SodaStream controversy has barely died down when Israel faces another culinary BDS threat. Only this time the source is from the inside. So far. Shamir Salads — you’ve probably passed the brand in the refrigerator section of a market here or there, identified by its signature green leaf-red tomato graphic icon — is being tossed about now as the evil factory in question. All those divine salads of the Middle East, such as hummus, baba-genouj and Matboucha (a Turkish pepp...
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Chimes of peace

ON our way to meet Rafi Babayan, chief security officer of Sdot Negev Regional Council, we kept passing signs — “Warning: Missile Area — Your Life is in Danger.” This was my introduction to Kibbutz Alumim within the Green Line, an organic farming kibbutz bordering Gaza. When the news reported the very real danger of tunnels being dug into kibbutz dining halls, with terrorists popping out, this is one such kibbutz. In fact, at one point while our small group was loitering, Rafi turned t...
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