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48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #23

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #23, “Faith in the sages” Faith in the...

Who speaks for the Jews? Why do we let them?

The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as the newest associate justice of the US Supreme Court was greeted by the organized Jewish world in the same manner as his...

‘In his time’

This week’s parsha makes the oblique reference to Noah as a righteous man in his time. There are two well-known interpretations of “in his time.” The more positive...

 Hamas gets it: West Bank settlements’ potential for peace

What is wrong with this picture? An Israeli factory in the West Bank settlement of Barkan employs both Israeli and Palestinian workers. They work side by side, making a...

Americans, meet Humpty Dumpty

A divided nation must look for ways to heal, not for ways to rub it in or to pay back. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,  Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s...

Rachel Levy's etrog in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

An etrog grows in Holland

No, it’s not a lime, but a baby etrog! We’re so used to the full grown fruit, not many of us stopped to think about how it all starts out. But one woman in Holland...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #22

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #22, “A good heart” A good heart is a...

Season of joy

G-d is a Colorado fan. How do I know? Shortly after Passover concluded on April 7, 2018, the Avalanche — in a do or die game — proceeded to the NHL playoffs. Fast...

Locked in, locked out

When I departed NYC for Denver, before Rosh Hashana, neighbors and close friends of mine in my strongly Jewish building asked if they could put up a Rosh Hashana guest...

Why many European Jews are abandoning their traditional political homes

Why would Jews in Germany, of all places, support a populist right-wing party? It would be most remarkable, would it not, if the majority of American Jews stopped voting...