A Rabbi's World

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.

10/17/2008 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

As I write this, the stock market is taking its first halting, spasmodic steps away from the abyss and back towards some kind of healthier state of being.  Of course, now that I’ve written that, it will probably go down a few hundred points today just to prove how little I understand how these things really work.  I readily admit that.  But we do seem to have eased away from the bleakest, most hopeless feeling that we’ve all known these past few weeks.

10/03/2008 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

Being a congregational rabbi during the High Holidays is an experience in pressure unlike anything else that occurs during the course of a Jewish year. Jews you never knew were in your neighborhood (and some you did) seem to come out of the woodwork and find their way into synagogue services, sometimes changing the nature of the congregation entirely. Often, just to make their presence known, they decide that this might be the right time to get to know the rabbi.