A Rabbi's World

01/24/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

My sister, who has lived in Israel for thirty-five years, often refers to her adoptive country as “the fifty-first state.” It’s more than a little true.

01/18/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

A friend who read my article last week, on the subject of social and sexual pathologies in the Jewish community and the tendency to try and hide them, sent me an e-mail that could not conceal his frustration. Why is it, he asked, that given the rather brutal treatment that a number of children receive in the book of Genesis, the Torah itself does not address the issue of child abuse?

01/10/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

01/04/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

After just about thirty years of using a personal computer, this is the great technical wisdom that I have gained: most of the glitches that I encounter with software, and even with the machine itself, can be remedied by re-starting the computer.

12/28/2012 | | Online Jewish Week Columnist | A Rabbi's World

In 1963, the late President John F. Kennedy delivered one of the most stirring and memorable speeches of his brief presidency to a throng of hundreds of thousands of Germans gathered in Berlin. 

12/20/2012 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World

Of the many critical insights I gained by studying the writings of the late theologian and philosopher Abraham Joshua Heschel, one that had a particularly profound impact on me related to the challenge of talking about God.