Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

12/07/2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I was scheduling a lifecycle event with a congregant the other day and we ran into a snag having to do with his 27-year-old daughter’s vacation schedule. “Oh, sorry rabbi,” he said, “that weekend will be impossible. Amy will be trekking in Vietnam.”

Come again?

12/01/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

It was the night before Chanukah, and I was visiting a loved one at a therapeutic farm in Vermont. Tonight was the Yule ceremony, the traditional ceremony that the farm held each winter near the time of the solstice.

11/30/2010 | | Special to The Jewish Week | Opinion

As we celebrate Chanukah 5771, we also begin to wind up the first decade of the 21st century, and what a decade it has been. America went to war and remains at war to this day. Israel and the Palestinians are still unable to make peace. The economy, both at home and in most of the developed world, is shaky, with most of us still wondering exactly how close we came to another Great Depression, and some still waiting for the other shoe to drop.

11/30/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

I was scheduling a lifecycle event with a congregant the other day and we ran into a snag having to do with his 27-year-old daughter's vacation schedule. "Oh, sorry rabbi," he said, "that weekend will be impossible. Amy will be trekking in Vietnam."

Come again?

11/30/2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The great American bar/bat mitzvah has become a source of parody in Jewish life. The 13-year-olds are at the most awkward stage of their lives with hormones raging. Anywhere from 10 to 50 friends might be invited who then sit in the sanctuary with no interest in the service and little clue as what is transpiring. The relatives and friends of the parents are polite but often sit stoically, unnerved by the unfamiliarity of the surroundings.

11/30/2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Cheshvan, the Hebrew month between Tishrei and now Kislev, is famous for not having any Jewish holidays in it, and yet the New York Jewish community used it to celebrate. Moreover, the nature and scope of this celebration holds encouraging news for our community and its ability to engage its members.