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‘Shut down the virus’

Last Friday, Joe Biden stated that he is “going to shut down the virus.” Good luck. If he succeeds, he’ll be in the company of only one other country: China. Has...

Whose dogma?

“Even paranoids have enemies,” former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is supposed to have quipped. Does being religious in America today automatically earn one...

Death records as genealogy tools

My last column was probably the hardest one to write, talking about my nephew’s tragic death. But it morbidly inspired me to address a few death records: obituaries,...

How COVID has changed our Jewish outlook

The Jewish High Holidays and Sukkot have come and gone this year, unlike any other, and posed new challenges for all of us because of COVID. Yet, COVID also offered new...

The sky is the limit

Even though we still see summer leaves, now burnished burgundy and gold, stubbornly clinging, once the first snowfall touches down, once that long, incessantly rainy...

Excessive force

A man was shot dead in downtown Denver by a security officer hired by 9NEWS. As to whether the officer, who has been charged with second degree murder, acted in...

I want to imagine a world…

Every year we read the story of Noah, the flood, and the ark. But never in our generation have we read this Torah portion as we ourselves living through what can feel...

The journey into the unknown . . . you

There is a story told of a man who was captured behind enemy lines during war. To his horror, he was sentenced to death by firing squad. However, the captain gave the...

A companion for Genesis

If the medium is the message, then next to the stark, calligraphic beauty of the Torah scroll itself is the beauty of Genesis: A Parsha Companion (Maggid, 2019),...

A descendant of slaves rises

News is released that Israeli actress Gal Gadot landed a starring role, playing Cleopatra, the famed queen of the Nile, and, predictably, the reaction is, a kerfuffle....