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Beautiful words cheapened

What happened to those beautiful words? I miss them. I mourn them. They are still with us, to be certain, but their meaning has been cheapened, thinned, eviscerated....

To blame Trump for anti-Semitism is an evasion

Just to clear the air: I believe that President Trump is a terrible role model in the way he speaks about people. He is demeaning and insulting, even to widows and the...

Guilty until proven guilty

And when did you stop beating your wife? In other words, you are guilty not only before you are convicted, but even before you are charged. As in: If I indulge in free...

And Jacob remained, alone

Survival and Mourning Rabbi Jacob Galinsky was the only one of his family who survived the Holocaust. He himself survived Siberia, the only one on death row to escape....

A different take on the ‘light’ of Chanukah

CHANUKAH 5780 SECTION A PAGE 4 When I think of a Jewish family holiday I think of Passover, the seder, the family gathered around, the focus on kids, Mah Nishtanah, the...

Lucy

Lucy. Our dear Lucy Holt. She is no more. For a while I didn’t even know her last name, even though I saw her many times a week. She was just Lucy, like a sibling or...

Overlap

I. Striking images! The Pillar of Cloud and Pillar of Fire that guided the ancient Israelites in the Sinai desert were distinct and disjunct. One by day, one by night....

Uncle Tom

What if Uncle Tom was not an Uncle Tom? What if the derogatory connotation was born not only after the novel (1852), but even after the end of slavery? We look at the...

Yes, directly, Moses speaks to me

More venerable than the Kaddish, older than the Haggadah, earlier than Chanukah and Purim. A sense of Jewish history connects a Jew to his roots. It can also cloud...

Dr. Tawfik Hamid: Reformist Muslim, friend of Israel

What am I doing here? Studying with a Talmudic commentator on the Koran? With a Muslim who bumped into a rabbi in an airport and was taken with midrash? Who is this man:...