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03/19/2013 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Musings

The classical explanation for breaking a glass at the end of the wedding is to recall the destruction of Jerusalem. As the glass is broken, everyone screams out, “Mazel Tov!” There is something peculiar, not only about recalling an historic tragedy at that exact moment, but also shouting for joy just as it is recalled.

03/05/2013 - 19:00 | | Musings

For many people, when tragedy strikes, faith is challenged. But as the late David Hartman wrote: “If one’s whole sense of the life of faith depends upon a miracle-based conception of providence and the biblical promises of reward and punishment, then one risks exchanging God for alternative sources of well-being and security. The fundamental issue in the battle against idolatry is to prevent this from happening.”

02/26/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Musings

In the age of knowledge who will say a nice word on behalf of ignorance? 

02/19/2013 - 19:00 | | Musings

Walking through graveyards can be calming and powerful. They enshrine foreverness in a way that nothing else quite does. Each headstone is an emblem of eternity.

02/11/2013 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Musings

Deep questions deserve more than one answer. Should we rely on God or on ourselves? In Exodus (14:15), as the Israelites approach the sea, Moses cries out to God. God answers, “Why do you cry out to Me? Tell the Israelites to move forward.” So it seems a moment for self-reliance. But Rashi rereads the Hebrew to mean, “Why do you cry out? It’s on Me.”

02/05/2013 - 19:00 | | Musings

In the Talmud, Rabbi Ishmael states that it is important to combine regular work alongside study of Torah.