A Rabbi's World

04/01/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

As a profession, the rabbinate as we know it is a creation of the modern era.

03/21/2014 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

As you might imagine, I spend a lot of time talking about my synagogue with other rabbis and laypeople. It is a natural thing for professionals and lay leaders to share “war stories” about the institutions that play such important roles in their lives, and often times, the insights gained are invaluable. Usually there are more than a few laughs that accompany this sharing, as we inevitably discover how universal certain synagogue characteristics are, both for better and for less good.

03/14/2014 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

With the imminent advent of Purim and our annual encounter with Haman and the forces of evil, we are, yet again, brought into uncomfortably close contact with the darker side of Jewish history. 

03/10/2014 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

There is nothing quite like an AIPAC Policy Conference.

02/27/2014 | | A Rabbi's World

Just about a year ago, I had the opportunity to visit the SodaStream factory in Israel.  Actually, how do define exactly where the factory is located has led to one of the more explosive and high profile manifestations of the so-called BDS (boycott-civestment-sanction) dispute.

02/14/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

I left London this past Tuesday morning after a long weekend and wonderful Shabbat there, and landed in Madrid this afternoon, preparing to meet up with the Conference of Presidents mission here.  If anyone asks you what London and Madrid have in common besides both being in Europe, the answer is that, right at this moment, they're both cold and wet!