A Great Night To Remember

We try to travel to Israel during the summer the way my parents did decades ago. But we do it a little differently these days. For most of the...

Jerusalem Diary

Even though it was the middle of the day and outside the sun was shining brightly, the plane remained dark as if it were the middle of the night...

No Parking

It used to be that other people’s driving habits were just annoying. Today they are just downright impossible to deal with. That goes for how slow or fast people...

Israel And The Saudis

The Trump impeachments were more political theater than anything substantive. The feeling was that Trump did not belong inside the business of politics-as-usual in Washington, DC, and that position was...

Let’s Be Reasonable

It’s an amazing crisis that deals with how ordinary people who happen to be judges or members of the Knesset view the future of Israel, whether it is a...

Bar Mitzvah Boy

It always happens at this time of year—my birthday, that is. Usually it’s observed with a family cake, a few cards, and then a plethora of good wishes in...

President Herzog’s Great Moment

Israel’s President Isaac Herzog spoke before the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC. His speech was riveting and delivered with style and diplomatic panache. Herzog’s slightly unshaven face was due to...

Temple Time, Take 2

Admittedly, on the matter of the upcoming dramatic changes at the Reform movement’s Temple Israel in Lawrence, NY, I unintentionally told only half of the story last week. The fact...

Casual Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitic acts or expressions seem as if they are strapped to a bungee cord of some kind that snaps right back to where it was just prior to the...

Jews In The News

Delivery of a paper like The New York Times has been a thing of the past for us for many years now. But last Friday, when I picked up...
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Sukkot: A Step Toward Unity in Israel

The four minim of Sukkot are fundamentally different from the typical items used for the performance of a mitzvah. Objects that are generally employed...

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