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Hillel Goldberg

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Jerusalem is Israel’s capital

As usual, the intemperate debate over Israeli settlements is bereft of color, flesh, sound, life. We learn of 1,600 housing units to be built in “Ramat Shlomo.” Forget...

The mitzvah of saving a human life

THE Torah says, “and one shall live by the commandments,” on which the Talmud comments, “and not die by them.” The Torah is a living Torah and the life it […]

‘The buck starts here’

COLORADO State Treasurer Cary Kennedy’s stepfather, Dick Jackson, is proud of her (no doubt, mother Joyce Portnoy is, too). Jackson gave her the sign that graces her...

There are no basketball courts in Heaven

I DON’T know what to do. Should I copy author Dovid Landesman’s joke at the beginning of the chapter entitled, “The Cowboy and the Beemer”? You’d laugh your heads...

There are no looters in Haiti

Have you noticed the reference to looters in Haiti? One news magazine pictured police trying to stop the looting, which, the magazine said, was blessedly under control....

Dempsey: a boxer, a character study, a hotfoot

HAVE you ever had a tour of a famous building, such as the US Capitol, and noticed the tour guide closing her eyes, reciting her spiel, half-conscious, half asleep? She...

A discussion with ADL on civil rights issues

Take hate-crime legislation. Abortion rights. Religious liberty. Separation of church and state. Michael Lieberman is a believer. As the long time Washington counsel for...

Life comes in fractions

SOMETIMES life comes in halves. It took half my life to notice, compile, save — and remember I saved — these examples. When Groucho Marx was told that a country...

The Orthodox community confronts the honesty issue

VIGNETTE: On the wall of the Fish Grill in Los Angeles is a sign, Do not speak lashon hara. Lashon hara is slander, unkind words or gossip. The Torah forbids […]

The mysteries and pitfalls of translation

ALL of the fast days in Judaism demand introspection and repentance. Certain fast days also demand mourning; for example, the tenth of the Hebrew month of Teves,...