A Rabbi's World

06/14/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

How can it be that a 29-year-old computer technician, a defense contractor for the National Security Agency of these United States, has set the entire intelligence world back on its heels?

The simple answer to that question is, I’m afraid, “all too easily.”

06/07/2013 | | A Rabbi's World

The more things change, the more they stay the same…

Though the Torah is, by anyone’s definition, an ancient document, its “cast of characters,” if you will, often portray sensitivities that are strikingly relevant to contemporary concerns.   One area in particular in which this is evident is in the responsibility of those in leadership positions to be worthy of the trust that others put in them, particularly with regard to fiduciary duty.

05/31/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

Remembering those brave men and women who have fallen in battle in defense of their homeland is any country's solemn responsibility.  A commitment to remember their ultimate sacrifice is the most effective guarantee that their lives will not have been lost in vain.  Those who survive them, and live free because of them, owe them at least this much, and of course so much more...

05/24/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

I am writing this the morning after the day before, not quite twenty-four hours since the horrific tornado in Moore, Oklahoma essentially destroyed the entire town, taking many innocent lives with it.

05/17/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

In all of the storied history of the Jewish people, there was no single event that had greater short and long-term consequences than the revelation of Torah at Sinai. 

The festival of Shavuot, which we celebrated this week, marked the anniversary of that extraordinary (in both the literal and figurative senses of the word) day.  It encouraged us to recall, or recreate, if you will, the power, majesty and mystery of that luminous moment when God and humanity communed as one.  The world would never be the same thereafter.

05/10/2013 | | A Rabbi's World

There is an older gentleman in my synagogue who, for as long as I’ve known him (which is quite a few years), has been reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish on a daily basis.