A Rabbi's World

04/03/2014 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

It is hardly a secret that the Jewish world that we inhabit, particularly here in New York, is plagued by deep divisions. Interdenominational friction makes it at best extremely difficult for rabbis and laypeople to work together across those lines for the betterment of the Jewish community as a whole, and there is little reason to hope that the situation will be changing any time soon. There are pulls to the right and to the left.  Unless Israel is threatened, we find it hard to talk to each other both literally and figuratively.

Hazamir, the International Jewish High School Choir, has figured out how to solve that problem: Transcend the spoken word and the ideologies behind it, and replace it with the harmony of beautifully sung music. That's exactly what happened this past Sunday at Carnegie Hall, when the choir performed.

04/01/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

As a profession, the rabbinate as we know it is a creation of the modern era.

03/21/2014 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

As you might imagine, I spend a lot of time talking about my synagogue with other rabbis and laypeople. It is a natural thing for professionals and lay leaders to share “war stories” about the institutions that play such important roles in their lives, and often times, the insights gained are invaluable. Usually there are more than a few laughs that accompany this sharing, as we inevitably discover how universal certain synagogue characteristics are, both for better and for less good.

03/14/2014 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

With the imminent advent of Purim and our annual encounter with Haman and the forces of evil, we are, yet again, brought into uncomfortably close contact with the darker side of Jewish history. 

03/10/2014 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

There is nothing quite like an AIPAC Policy Conference.

02/27/2014 | | A Rabbi's World

Just about a year ago, I had the opportunity to visit the SodaStream factory in Israel.  Actually, how do define exactly where the factory is located has led to one of the more explosive and high profile manifestations of the so-called BDS (boycott-civestment-sanction) dispute.