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The ‘crystallization’ of leadership

What do Moses and Nobel Prize winner in chemistry Daniel Shechtman have in common? No, this isn’t a joke, although it’s a bit of brain teaser which a dear friend...

‘Man bites dog’

“Man bites dog” is a journalism aphorism which suggests that what’s quotidian is not interesting; it’s the outliers that capture our attention. New York Sun...

Is Israel obligated to fund anti-Zionist art?

Israeli Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev may be about to get her wish. The Knesset has taken a first step toward passing the so-called “loyalty in culture” bill...

Future toxicity

I feel so worried about the situation on the Gaza border. Yet I rarely hear a peep about it in the news, even in the Israeli news cycle. Is this just the new normal...

Double jeopardy

A disturbing event occurred last week in Colorado politics. The Denver Post reported that 20 years ago, Jovan Melton, a Democrat from Aurora, was arrested and convicted...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #24

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #24, “Acceptance of suffering” “Why me?”...

My cherished friend Mrs. Weissbrot

Two years ago as Holocaust Memorial Day approached, Mrs. Riva (Regina)  Weissbrot and I agreed that I would highlight a bit of her story. Then she fell ill. Once she...

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...