A Rabbi's World

08/22/2008 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

As the summer Olympics in Beijing draw to a close, it seems like a good time to reflect on the goings-on of past few weeks.  The big news (other than the Herculean feats of Michael Phelps and others), as reported by the people who determine what makes the news, seems to be that people actually watched, and in record numbers.

08/29/2008 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

The imminent arrival of the Hebrew month of Elul is invariably a wake-up call to all of us.  Aside from the obvious- that Rosh Hashanah is four weeks away- there are also, of course, subliminal messages that come with a time of penitence and sober introspection.

We are in a time of endings, and of beginnings.

09/05/2008 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

Let’s see… the Olympics are over.  The political conventions are over.  Other than what sounds like endless hurricanes making their way towards the east coast, we’ve run out of the big topics!

Well, not quite.  The conventions may be over, but now comes two solid months of unending bombardment with commercials, debates, op-eds, blogs (can’t complain too much there, I guess), and what Seinfeld would undoubtedly refer to as just so much yadda.  It’s time to hunker down.

09/12/2008 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

It’s not a slow news time, to be sure, but after a conversation with my sister a few days ago, I know what the really big news story is in Israel.  It’s not about Ehud Olmert, Tzippi Livni, or any other political or religious figure; it’s about Paul McCartney.  Yes, Paul McCartney, whose forthcoming concert in Park HaYarkon on September 25 promises to be the biggest such event in Israel’s history.  

 

09/19/2008 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

We Jews are famously accused of seeing everything that happens through a single lens: how it impacts us.  Sometimes it comes out as “Is it good or bad for Israel,” other times it’s more parochially about the ramifications of any given policy or event for our own communities.  But we watch out for ourselves, and tend to be keenly on top of things as they affect us.

09/27/2008 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

That Ecclesiastes, he was one smart fellow…

Those of us in the New York Jewish community were witness this past week to what might fairly be called a “bonfire of the vanities.”  Egos were on parade. And as they were strutting purposefully, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad was surely laughing.