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Their golden miscalculation — and ours

In this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tisa, we learn of the famous scandal and sin of the golden calf. Infamously, the Jewish people sinned with idol worship. Following...

Eat well for less

How well do you know your food? I’ve been watching a TV series called “Eat Well For Less.” In each episode, the presenters, one a MasterChef UK judge, the other a...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #40

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #40, “Guiding a person to peace.”...

No evidence for Israeli ‘racism’

It’s a familiar refrain. Critics of Israel aren’t content to merely bash the policies of the government of the Jewish state. As part of their indictment, they allege...

Deterrence . . . and seeds of peace

Early morning last Friday we all shuddered to learn of the savagely brutal murder of young Israeli, Ori Ansbacher. Raped, tortured, murdered and mutilated, left naked in...

’93Queen’

The opportunity to peek into a sectarian community is extremely rare. That alone makes “93Queen” worth watching. The documentary, which screened as part of the...

A Cossack pogrom — a century ago

One century ago this week, a catastrophe struck Jewry. On the Sabbath day, Feb. 15, 1919, horror came to the Jewish community of the Ukrainian town of Proskurov. The...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #39

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #39, “Setting Someone Straight via the...

PT Barnum

PT Barnum famously observed, “All publicity is good publicity as long as they spell your name right.” We’ve witnessed the fundamental truth of this adage just last...

A Jewish view on love

In Western culture today, February 14, Valentine’s Day, is a time to celebrate romance and love.  Despite its commercial appeal of candy, Cupid and romantic dinners,...