A Rabbi's World

05/16/2008 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

Now that the love-fest is over and President Bush has “left the building,” so to speak, Israelis are left to ponder life after him. The conference on tomorrow organized by Shimon Peres afforded the Israeli government the chance to say thank you to the man who has been, in his gut, arguably the most sympathetically inclined towards Israel’s precarious security position of any American president in recent memory.

05/23/2008 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

Is there such a thing as “virtual closeness?”

As I write, my married son and his wife are in Israel for the year, my older daughter is living in Manhattan, my younger daughter is in Poland with her senior class and about to depart for Israel for a year, and one son remains at home.

06/08/2008 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

The recent federal raid at the Agriprocessors kosher meat plant in Postville, Iowa, and the accompanying allegations brought against the Rubashkin family and brand, represent a particularly sorry and damaging episode in the cause of religious Judaism in this country.

06/13/2008 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

In different ways, the various senses with which we are born can take us back in time to people, places and events long ago forgotten.

06/18/2008 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

The sudden, shocking death of Meet the Press host Tim Russert last Friday has unleashed a powerful torrent of grief from a very wide swath of Americans. I readily admit that I, too, was horrified and saddened greatly by his untimely death.

06/27/2008 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

Close to two weeks ago, Israel’s Masorti movement, the sister movement of North America’s Conservative Judaism, launched a new campaign to interest non-religious Jews in Israel in considering a Masorti wedding- fully grounded in tradition, but also sensitive to issues of egalitarianism and the particular wishes of the couple.  There is a website set up for the campaign, and the media blitz of print ads and radio commercials directs interested Israelis to the site.  There they can play “The Wedding Game,” featuring an interactive, colorful format to personal