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In Judaism, it is customary among the many acts of social kindness to wish other parents what we call “nachas,” joy or pleasure from their children. A principal goal shared across … more
I am at a real loss to understand the current grip of cancel culture that has been no less remarkable and confusing than in the incessant demands by so many to tear down and/or remove numerous monuments that honor controversial personalities. more
In these troubled and tragic COVID-19 times, there has been no end to our need to mourn. We have all suffered personal losses of family, friends and professional partners. In the words of the Bible, … more
Passover, or Pesach, carries the distinction of being the most widely observed Jewish holiday, outperforming even Chanukah. While both are home-based, the magic of Passover lies with the Seder … more
I happen to be in Washington, D.C. this week on personal business not at all related to politics or a desire to witness the anticipated violence and riots. We happen to be staying in Northeast … more
According to many historical sources, Chanukah represents the first battle for religious freedom after the Syrian Greeks tried to deny the small second Judean commonwealth its rights to practice and … more
I do not recall ever penning an article by first citing my credentials. Rather, I leave it to the words on the page to make that determination. But here, I make an exception given the gravity of the … more
The Passover Seder ritual is known for its myriad questions. It is an interactive experience modeled, according to some, after the Greek Symposium, highly Socratic. It is perhaps the ultimate … more
This Monday, January 27, is Holocaust Remembrance Day. The recent gathering in Jerusalem of some 50 heads of state to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi Death … more
Many people are familiar with the Chanukah miracle of the small flask of ritually pure oil discovered amid the wreckage of a defiled Jerusalem Temple. What was seemingly enough for only one day … more
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