A Rabbi's World

07/26/2013 | | Jewish Week Correspondent | A Rabbi's World

For those who came of age in America during the sixties and seventies of the twentieth century– yes, even rabbis– Bob Dylan was, and is, an iconic figure. 

07/19/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

Oceans of ink have already been spilled in commentaries on the death of Trayvon Martin, and on the acquittal of his accused murderer, George Zimmerman.  Were oceans more to be spent, we would still be no closer to achieving what all who have cared about this case crave most of all– certainty about what really happened that tragic night when a teenage boy lost his life, and a grown man’s life was changed forever.

07/12/2013 | | Jewish Week Correspondent | A Rabbi's World

During the last week of June, my wife Robin and I participated in the annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly, held this year in Jerusalem.

06/28/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

I fell in love with Jerusalem in 1971, as a junior-year-abroad student at the Hebrew University.  Someone who visits there today for the first time would be hard-pressed to imagine just how different the city was then...

06/21/2013 | | A Rabbi's World

The annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly, the international professional association of Conservative/Masorti rabbis, will take place this coming week in Jerusalem.  In my capacity as President of the RA, as it’s commonly referred to, it will be my great honor to formally introduce Shimon Peres, the President of the State of Israel, at a reception that he is hosting for us in his official residence, known as Beit Hannasi.

06/14/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

How can it be that a 29-year-old computer technician, a defense contractor for the National Security Agency of these United States, has set the entire intelligence world back on its heels?

The simple answer to that question is, I’m afraid, “all too easily.”