Editorial & Opinion | Musings

05/01/2013 | | Musings

When God appears at the burning bush, what is the first thing Moses is told to do? Take off his shoes.

04/24/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Musings

The tragedies of the past week remind us why religious community matters:

1. In the face of death, religion maintains that life is meaningful. Not only because of the belief that human beings never fully disappear, but because it teaches that this pageant, with all its pain and anguish, need never resolve into despair. Life still matters; we always matter.

2. A religious community provides comfort and help. Long after others have forgotten, the congregation will be there, with everything from meals to a shoulder to a prayer. 

04/17/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Musings

When God appears at the burning bush, what is the first thing Moses is told to do? Take off his shoes.

04/10/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Musings

Cultural references were once shared. Now, with the explosion and profusion of media, we no longer watch the same shows or listen to the same music.

03/28/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Musings

If you ask yourself whether Jews really deserve the appellation “people of the book,” consider the following: every synagogue is architecturally designed to highlight the ark, which contains a book;

03/20/2013 | | 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.