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Pope Francis made news last week when it was reported that he called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas an “angel of peace.”  After some back and forth, including claims that the Pope had been mistranslated, the Vatican clarified that the Pope meant no offense to Israel and that the phrase he had used was more…

I   I am the Lord your G-d, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;  Do not have any other gods before me. The First Commandment introduces the presenter and sets the stage for the drama to come…. II      You shall not make for yourself an idol,…

Seventy years ago, the Soviet Red Army reached the Polish town  of Oswiecim and broke through the gates of the camp that would become synonymous with the most heinous crimes of the Nazi genocide. Every year, on January 27th, the day that Auschwitz was liberated and the magnitude of its evil was revealed, the international…

It is a very serious time in France, especially for the Jewish community.  And yet, at the center of the storm is a very unserious entity, the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo who may have become best known for caricatures of Muhammed (venerated as a prophet by many throughout the world), but had made their living…

Yes, it seems like a strange topic for a rabbi.  The ultimate violation of  “Stay in Your Lane”. But this year as the eighth candle of Chanukah burns down and the calendar moves to the 25th of December, I find myself thinking of Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. I have to admit that until…

Some questions seem obvious, but there is still something too them. Case in point: what is the most important thing we do on Chanukah? Obvious, right? Yes, we may think first about what to give as a gift and we may use the occasion to eat delicious foods like latkes and donuts. There is great…

The Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai, a veteran of four wars including World War II, wrote  “A man has no time in his life… to have a season for every purpose… A man needs to hate and love at the same moment, with the same eyes to cry and to laugh, with the same hands to…

One of the most jarring moments in the story of Abraham is the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Moments after hosting the angels who came to announce that he will have a son, Abraham is told that the cry of these wicked cities has reached G*d and that, except for his nephew…

A new chapter in the story of Ebola in the United States begins as another may be coming to an end.  New York begins to deal with its first confirmed case even as those in Dallas with possible contact with Thomas Eric Duncan have been cleared from quarantine.   We are unsure what will unfold in…

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