A Rabbi's World

06/28/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

I fell in love with Jerusalem in 1971, as a junior-year-abroad student at the Hebrew University.  Someone who visits there today for the first time would be hard-pressed to imagine just how different the city was then...

06/21/2013 | | A Rabbi's World

The annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly, the international professional association of Conservative/Masorti rabbis, will take place this coming week in Jerusalem.  In my capacity as President of the RA, as it’s commonly referred to, it will be my great honor to formally introduce Shimon Peres, the President of the State of Israel, at a reception that he is hosting for us in his official residence, known as Beit Hannasi.

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.