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Jealousy

The lady says, “Cut!” Cut the child in two. 
 It screams from within the famous story exemplifying King Solomon’s wisdom, which is read this week as the haftarah...

Where am I this Chanukah?

Are the lights on the Chanukah menorah like speech or like silence? Do they open up our minds and souls to the meaning of the evil that has surrounded us, the Jewish...

They are worried that we are worried

With two sons who have spent a good part of the last month fighting Hamas in Gaza, another bouncing between battling Hezbollah in the North and preparing to enter Gaza...

Which river?

A friend dropped by the office and recounted his frustrating interactions with opponents of Israel. One was repeating “From the River to the Sea.” My friend asked...

UN Secretary General is right on the money

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says that the Hamas attack of Oct. 7, 2023 “did not happen in a vacuum.” Guterres is right on the money. In fact, I’m not...

Byron and Norris

A reflection on two friends, Byron and Norris, whose friendship with each other was a testament to humanity.

Who will preserve humanity?

The editorial writer and the columnist can tie together every end, put everything in perspective, make sense out of messy reality, accommodate every jagged edge. Yes,...

A sukkah memory: Needless to say, I didn’t confess

A very plain sukkah, such as one made of ordinary boards for the walls and ordinary 1x2’s for the roof, and lacking any decorations, has an endearing and uplifting...

I am not thinking of the Yom Kippur of 1938

In 1923, at a gathering of 5,000 Jews in Vienna, the idea of Daf Yomi, the study of one folio page of Talmud 364 days a year, was proposed by Rabbi Meir Shapiro. It...

The archaeology of our lives

Our memory plays tricks on us. We remember things one way, but they really weren’t that way. We rarely see this because the evidence is rarely before us. Rosh Hashanah...