A Rabbi's World

09/12/2012 - 20:00 | A Rabbi's World

I was walking my dog late one night this week when I encountered a neighbor from down the block, past whose house my dog and I invariably pass on this evening ritual. As most people will say to me in one form or another at this time of year, my neighbor offered the following greeting: “So, you’re entering into your busy season, yes?  Must be a lot of pressure.”

09/05/2012 - 20:00 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, we have officially entered into the silly season of American politics.  The truth, of course, is that nothing about it is silly; quite the opposite.  But once the candidates are formally nominated and the campaign reaches its most intense stage, truth tends to take a leave of absence, hyperbole reigns, and promises are handed out like crisp one dollar bills.

08/21/2012 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

With your indulgence, I begin with an apology.  I had fully intended to write an article last week, but the overlap of my return from Japan and the deadline for completing and submitting the article, superimposed onto epic jet lag, simply overwhelmed me.  So to those of you who look for my articles and wondered why the article “teaser” appeared in the print edition but the article itself never made it online, I publicly and most sincerely do apologize.

08/08/2012 - 20:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

I would imagine that rest and relaxation are the two most important criteria of a really good summer vacation, especially when one’s job is stressful.  But if it is also true that expanding one’s horizons and learning about parts of the world that were completely unfamiliar are also important components, then my wife and I are enjoying one of our most successful summer vacations ever, here in Okinawa, Japan, and soon in Kyoto and Tokyo.

07/31/2012 - 20:00 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

In previous columns, I have mentioned the fact that my son-in-law, Lt. (jg) Yonatan Warren, is a Navy chaplain posted to Okinawa, Japan. Actually, he is a Navy chaplain posted to a Marine battalion in Okinawa, and he and my daughter Leora have been there since the fall.  

07/25/2012 - 20:00 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

Regardless of what else is going on in today’s Jewish world, Tisha B’Av- the fast of the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av- and the three weeks that lead up to it- is a sad and dispiriting time.