view counter

Editorial & Opinion | Musings

10/20/2016 - 10:49 | | Musings

O ur treatment of animals is increasingly part of the public conscience. So let’s remember why, according to the Rabbis, Moses was chosen for leadership.

10/13/2016 - 09:11 | | Musings

Why is it so hard to forgive? We have each committed sins, we all need to be forgiven, yet for many who have been hurt, it is a great struggle to forgive.

10/06/2016 - 12:11 | | Musings

Yom Kippur is a full day, but its spirit is captured by the night. Although the Kol Nidrei prayer begins before the sun has set, when we walk out of the synagogue, the sky is dark and our souls are in the solitude of evening reflection.

09/28/2016 - 11:02 | | Musings

On Rosh HaShanah we celebrate the creation of the world, and 10 days later, on Yom Kippur, we recite Yizkor, a prayer of memory for those we have lost. It might seem that we go right from joy to sadness, but there is a lesson in the linkage that can help us in difficult times.

09/21/2016 - 12:43 | | Musings

The Torah teaches in rapid succession that if you see someone’s sheep or ox astray, you should return it. If you see someone trying to raise their fallen ox, you should help them. Don’t take the eggs of a bird in front of its mother. And when you build a house, put a railing on the roof so no one falls [Deuteronomy 22].

09/13/2016 - 23:08 | | Musings

During the Limmud South Africa conference, I had a chance to go on a two-day safari. The experience of seeing rhinos and elephants and lions and zebras outside of a zoo is exhilarating. But it is also a religious obligation.