A Rabbi's World

04/10/2012 - 20:00 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

10) Having a seder with my sister and brother-in-law and their five children and eight grandchildren for the first time ever!

9)  Every gas station mini-market is kasher l’pesach,  and every gas station attendant wishes you a Chag Sameach (while they’re charging you a month’s salary to fill up your tank…)

8)  Kasher l’Pesach Magnum ice cream bars!

7)  On Chol HaMoed, it seems like every family in Israel is cooking out in a public park!

04/03/2012 - 20:00 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

When I finished last year’s Seder with the words L’Shanah Haba’ah Bi’Yrushalayim Habnuyah- Next Year in a Rebuilt Jerusalem- I never allowed myself to imagine that I might actually be spending Passover, 5772 in anywhere other than Forest Hills.  Of course, were the Messiah to arrive, I would be ready to relocate, but absent that miraculous intervention in history, I didn’t see myself going anywhere for the holiday.

03/29/2012 - 20:00 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

No matter how one chooses to parse the still sketchy details, the recent death by gunfire of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida is a great tragedy. A young life was violently taken because of an all-too-easily arrived at suspicion based on stereotype. See a black teen wearing a “hoodie” in a white, gated community and, as the shooter George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer, himself said to police, one must assume that he’s “up to no good.”

03/20/2012 - 20:00 | | Jewish Week Columnist | A Rabbi's World

In my years as a camper at Camp Massad Bet in the 1960’s, each and every camper bunk had to select a name for itself based on the name of a real place in the State of Israel. It then had to produce a plaque -– a shelet, in Hebrew-–that would represent the place/name it had chosen. When all the plaques were completed, there would be a competition to decide which was the best.  All the bunks would gather together, and a representative from each bunk would have to explain --  in Hebrew, of course -- the symbolism of what appeared on the plaque.

03/14/2012 - 20:00 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

The extended family of the Zamir Chorale, and its parent organization, the Zamir Choral Foundation, suffered a painful loss last week. Chuck Kleinhaus, one of the original founding members of the choir that would eventually become Zamir, died in Jerusalem after a difficult, courageous battle with cancer. Slowly and painfully, the man who had been the epitome of good cheer, optimism and ageless, easy, gracious charm was humbled and ultimately claimed by a brutal and unrelenting disease.

03/08/2012 - 19:00 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

Judging by the volume and nature of some of the comments posted to my article on Rick Santorum in last week’s Jewish Week, I seem to have touched a raw nerve in some readers. I assume that to be the case because of the tone of some of the postings, which is, shall we say, dismissive of my point of view.