A Rabbi's World

01/07/2009 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

It is a strange and unsettling feeling to have been in Israel for the first few days of the Gaza campaign, and now back in the States for the rest of it.  The powerful sense of purpose that is virtually tangible in Israel with regard to Operation Oferet Yetzukah is not a given here in America, even within the Jewish community.  The fighting is far away, and the images that assault us in the print and electronic media make it much harder to keep one’s eye on the ball with regard to who Hamas is, and what is at stake here.

01/16/2009 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

As Israel’s war against Hamas continues in its third week and casualties among the Palestinian population of Gaza mount, it is getting awfully difficult to find people outside the Jewish community- except for a select few politicians running for office- who are genuinely supportive of Israel’s cause.

01/23/2009 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

I have long been interested in the debate which continues in both the medical and mental health communities about the affect of hope on healing.  Some would argue that honesty about a patient’s condition and prognosis must trump the understandable desire to give him a reason to believe in the possibility of a cure.  Others say that depriving a patient of hope, even when the situation is, in reality, dire, also deprives her of the will to live, and thus can hasten death itself.

02/01/2009 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

In a move that stunned the Jewish world and significant parts of the Catholic world as well, Pope Benedict XVI moved last week to revoke the excommunication of four bishops, one of whom, Richard Williamson, has denied the historicity of the Holocaust.  The four are all members of the St. Pius X Society, a far-right wing schismatic group that argues generally against the modernization of the church, and more specifically against the reforms of the Second Vatican Council in the 1960’s.

02/06/2009 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

Yesterday’s New York Times probably had more of substance about the Shoah on its front page than all the issues combined from the years of 1939-1945.

02/13/2009 | | Special to the Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

Having experienced the almost palpable sense of exhilaration that was so much a part of the American presidential election just a few months ago, the near universal sense of frustration and despair that haunted voters after the electoral stalemate of the past week in Israel was a rude reminder of the fractured nature of Israel’s political system.