A Rabbi's World

01/10/2014 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

Like all other professionals who engage in counseling, rabbis are trained to know and believe that hearing one side of a story does not tell you all you need to know.  Whether it is a marriage that is in trouble or friends who have become estranged from each other, a professional may well ultimately choose to have the parties involved come in together for counseling.  But it is rare indeed that said professional would not see the parties individually before dealing with them as a pair.

01/02/2014 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

With two of our four children home over the December holiday break, my wife and I decided to go “old school” with them and take a road trip.

12/20/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

For most of my thirty-two years as the rabbi of the Forest Hills Jewish Center, I have been teaching a weekly class to our Hebrew High School students who attend public high schools. 

12/13/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

The absence this week of Israel’s two leading political figures, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, at the massive memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa was both painful and sad.  Whether or not illness made it impossible for President Peres to attend is something we cannot know, although surely, it would not have been an easy trip for a man of Peres’ age. 

12/06/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

With Thanksgiving barely a week behind us and Chanukah just ending, it seems a particularly appropriate moment to reflect on this year’s most unusual juxtaposition of sacred and secular celebrations. Beyond the kitsch of “Thanksgivukah,” as so many referred to it, there is a common thread between the two holidays, and it is a significant one. Both are about gratitude.