A Rabbi's World

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

Remembering Ed Koch, From Paris

02/07/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

I am writing this from Paris, where I am participating in the mission of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations.  We are here for five days, and will be moving on for five days of meeting in Israel this coming Sunday.

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

Going Beyond Your Comfort Zone

02/03/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

One of the more complicated and persistent professional issues that congregational rabbis confront on an ongoing basis is how to establish boundaries that might govern relationships with congregants.  What is the proper balance between friend, private person, and authority figure?

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

A Tale Of Two Elections

01/24/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

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.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

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

01/18/2013
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

Learning To Accept Our Ordinariness

01/10/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Starting Over

01/04/2013
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!”

12/28/2012
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

12/20/2012
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 ...

12/14/2012
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

12/07/2012
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.
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