Dance, Dance, Dance
Rosh Hashanah you hear the shofar. Yom Kippur you fast. Sukkos you eat in the sukkah and take the lulav-esrog. Simchas Torah you have no mitzvah. Simchas Torah, the joy of the torah, the joy of this learning that takes a lifetime, Simchas Torah has no learning. At night, we take the Torah ...
How Strong the Vulnerable
If you're looking for nobility, search not among noblemen. If you're looking for royalty, search not in palaces. If you're looking for aristocracy, go to a sinking ship.
In good times and good places everyone seems to be of noble and fine character --
they just mirror ...
Why Are you Going to Yom Kippur Eve Services?
Kol Nidre. Certainly the most attended Jewish prayer of the year. Certainly the most awesome. But why?
The words are pretty mundane, a basic annulment for
misunderstood, haphazardly applied, ill-advised vows...
Purpose Out Of Chaos Through Resolution
Leather seats, user-friendly ticketing, signature blue chips and 16 channel satellite tv makes Jetblue. Before takeoff, their tv screens flash a "Thank you for flying with us. Without you, we'd just be flying a bunch of tvs around the sky."
From day one to day six the One in the sky was, ...
The Other Rock
" . . . Come to the land which I have given you. . .a land flowing with milk and honey." The Parsha.
Knowing When to Walk And When to Talk
"We're getting divorced. But we're doing it amicably,
WITCHES, BLACK CATS, BULLS AND PLANES
Black cats don't bother me any more than white or brown ones do. The thirteenth floor is fine as long as the elevator is working. Horoscopes remain unread -regardless of whether we Tauruses need to think bull market or bear.
Having Too Much Good Isn't Always Good
One of the more exotic and less tempting places Chabad brought me was a Jewish old-age home in Morocco. It didn't smell pleasant: not by old-age-home standards, not by third-world standards. A few of the residents were neither senile nor blind. Some even acknowledged us when we ...
The Torah Demands Passion
It was a wintry Friday night in Brooklyn. A roomful of Jewish college kids in the Sixties, challenging the young rabbi chairing the roundtable; how can you believe in G-d when science has proven... why keep kosher in an age of government inspection and refrigeration, isn't it racist to speak of the ...
Children As Problem Solvers
Five-hundred fourteen years ago this week, Ferdinand and Isabel ensured their country's homogenous character by disengaging the Jews of Spain -- in an emotionally draining, historic move facing stiff resistance and at considerable political and economic cost.