A Rabbi's World

Weekly reflections from Gerald C. Skolnik, the rabbi of Forest Hills Jewish Center and a leader in the Conservative movement.

Rabbi, Why Are the Classical Sources Quiet on Child Abuse?

Jewish Week Online Columnist

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?

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Starting Over

Jewish Week Online Columnist

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.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

“Let Them Come to Boston!”

Online Jewish Week Columnist

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. 

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

The Lesson NOT To Learn From Newtown

Jewish Week Online Columnist

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. 

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

As Israel Prepares To Vote ...

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Those of us living in America- particularly residents of the so-called “swing states” so desperately coveted by presidential candidates- might still fairly be classified as “recovering” from the recent November election.  After all, it’s been only a relatively few weeks since the election itself, and the weeks and months leading up to Election Day were nothing short of brutal.  Relentless commercials, coupled with endless debates, countless talking heads, and a twenty-four hour news cycle, combined to make us all want to scream “please stop!”

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.

This Is What Peace Looks Like

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Being here in Israel on a brief but intense four-day mission, and given all that is going on right now as a result of Israel's announced intention to begin new construction in so-called area E-1, between Ramallah and Ma'aleh Adumim, the title of my article must seem strange. 

Rabbi Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.

Paradise By The Chanukiah Light

Jewish Week Online Columnist

There’s a little 6-year-old Marci that is bouncing up and down at the thought of Chanukah approaching.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

To The President And Prime Minister: Thank You Both

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Now that the dust is settling, both literally and figuratively, from Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza, it is an appropriate time to reflect back on that very difficult if brief campaign, and particularly on how it ended– at least for now.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik.

Ayin L’Tzion Tzofia: Feeling Israel’s Pain


On the second day of Rosh Hashanah (which seems now like one hundred years ago, so much has happened since then), I delivered a sermon about the uniquely critical dangers facing Israel in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, and the ongoing turmoil in Syria.  

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik
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