A Rabbi's World

05/22/2014 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

As the June 1 Israel Parade draws closer, some organizations are threatening not to march. They are protesting the decision of parade sponsors to allow organizations like the New Israel Fund– a favorite target of the right wing of the Zionist movement– to be included in the parade, because of its alleged sympathy for the BDS strategy (boycott, divestment and sanction) designed to modify Israel’s position on settlements in the West Bank. The NIF steadfastly denies supporting BDS. They (the more right-wing organizations) feel that the NIF and its friends should have no place at the Zionist table, or at a parade that salutes Israel. And as long as they do, these more right-wing organizations won’t march.

05/16/2014 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

Conventions often take professionals to exotic locations, not least of all to entice potential participants to attend. Dallas was not chosen for my rabbinic convention- the Rabbinical Assembly- because it's exotic. It actually has a significant Jewish community, and our new president, Rabbi Bill Gershon, leads a major congregation there.

05/09/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World

At the annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly this coming week in Dallas, Texas, my two-year term as President of the Assembly will come to an end. Not surprisingly, I approach this transition with mixed feelings – glad to hand over the considerable day-to-day responsibilities of the presidency of an international professional organization to a colleague, but also aware that a door is closing on a very special opportunity.

05/01/2014 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose.  Sometimes you win, but really lose. And then other times you lose, but really win.

04/25/2014 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

On Wednesday of this week, in Philadelphia, I was saddened but honored to be a co-officiant at the funeral service for Rabbi Aaron Landes, a prominent rabbi in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania for many years. Both as President of the Rabbinical Assembly and as a long-time friend of the family – his in-laws had been members of my congregation for over fifty years – it was a deeply meaningful experience for me.

04/18/2014 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

When we think of the challenges of hosting a seder, the physical – the cleaning and cooking – immediately spring to mind. Another challenge is negotiating the tension between the meal’s ritual requirements and the obligation to make the story actually speak to the participants who are there.