A Rabbi's World

05/23/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

As a rabbi and educator, not to mention as a parent, I struggle with the question of how to pass along the often painful legacy of Jewish history without having it become disabling.

05/20/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

On Thursday afternoon of this week, twenty-six rabbis were ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan.

These young men and women were not the only graduates at JTS on that day. There were undergraduate degree recipients from List College, Masters and Doctoral degrees awarded from the Graduate School and the Davidson School of Education, and new Cantors, graduating from the H. L. Miller Cantorial School, who were invested with the authority to assume their important work.

05/13/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

There is a member of my congregation who, at least once a year, complains to me that Jewish tradition seems incapable of letting us have an unqualified good time no matter how happy the circumstances. We break a glass under the marital chuppah, we pour wine out of our cups at the Passover Seder, we recite penitential prayers every day to remind ourselves of just how imperfect we are… why can’t we just kick back and enjoy life like others seem to be able to do?

05/06/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

As was the case for so many others here in New York, Osama bin-Laden’s death at the hands of American troops this week triggered a flood of memories from September 11 and the days immediately thereafter.

04/29/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

Earlier this week, for reasons having nothing at all to do with the upcoming observance of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day)  this coming Sunday night and Monday, I found myself on the E train here in New York City.

04/22/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

I'm thinking about Gilad Shalit...