A Rabbi's World

04/15/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

Following last week's somber ceremonies marking Yom Hashoa, Israel will, on this coming Monday, observe its annual Yom Hazikaron, a solemn memorial day for her fallen soldiers. Rare is the family in Israel that does not know someone who has died in Israel's defense, or have a family member who has. And then, on Monday evening, the celebration of Yom Ha'atzma'ut, Israel's Independence Day, will begin.

04/09/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

Like some gigantic parabolic curve that exists in both time and space, the two adjoining Hebrew months of Nisan and Iyar have their way with us.

04/02/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

The Passover Seders that my family has hosted for the past thirty-plus years are radically different from the ones I grew up with. In my parents' home, those attending a Seder were most often family, or occasionally a close friend of my sister's or mine. But in the relatively sheltered world of my youth, having non-Jews at the Seder, as guests, would not have been a serious option.

03/26/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

Those of a certain age and inclination will recognize this lyric from a great Buffalo Springfield song of the late '60's: "Something's happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear…" That's exactly what it feels like to me in America right now. Something's happening. I'm not sure exactly what it is, but it feels visceral and scary, and I'm sure I'm not making it up.

03/19/2010 | A Rabbi's World

Against the backdrop of a dramatic and very public spat between the governments of Israel and America, increasing unhappiness here in the States about still further efforts in Israel to delegitimize non-Orthodox conversions to Judaism, and a YouTube video showing Haredi men literally throwing chairs over the partition at the Kotel aimed at the Women of the Wall who were preparing to pray, something wonderful happened here in New York this past Sunday.

03/12/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

By most of the standards that I- and I dare say many others- would use to evaluate such things, the State of Israel has had an altogether rotten week.  At times, in fact, I found myself wondering whether, in some secret government catacomb, there was a small group of people working on a  strategic game to see how many of Israel's American supporters the Israeli government could alienate in one week.  They've obviously been hard at work…