Leah was still chained to her ex-husband: two years after the civil court granted her a divorce. Her ex-husband Dovid, a devote orthodox Jew, still re...
I was 11-years-old, and I'll never forget how that moment felt. I was watching Rocky III. Mickey -- Rocky's trainer and mentor -- had just died after telling his protege: "I love ya, kid, I love ya." Heavy stuff for a child. I was even more unprepared for what happened next.
From a Jewish perspective, then, holiness is not something that can only happen separate from the world in soulful prayer and meditation. Holiness is something that can -- and must -- occur at every moment of our lives, as we choose to act from our highest selves in service to others, instead of indulging our urges toward selfishness or apathy.
Like this startling world of ours, children don't always grow up the way you expect them to. Love and beauty have infinite forms.
Prophet? I don't know. What I do know is that he grew up in a world increasingly economically and politically strangled by foreigners for hundreds of years and by, in his day, the most routinely brutal regime in western history before the Nazis.
JK Rowling has given away about 160 million dollars. That's a lot of good being done by one very good, talented and successful person. You might, th...
A common expression that is found in the Bible is "Go in peace." It is an expression of greeting that is still used in contemporary Jewish circles today. When Jews are entering the synagogue they often say to each other shalom aleichem -- "peace be upon you."
Even 35 years after the Iranian regime assumed power, we see this same scenario: the giant suppressing the ant, select minority religions in Iran. This discrimination must come to an end.
Though many of us are not among the highest income earners in this country, our relative wealth and comfort puts us in a unique position to offer assistance, yet most of us do not. Our behavior towards the most needy among us begs the question: do the wealthy really see the poor?
On Christmas Eve I read the story of an Israeli woman who is appealing a court ruling ordering her to circumcise her son. A fabulous seasonal narrative, no?
Four days before Christmas my neighbor invited me to a "Christmas concert" at her church. I like music and the inspiring classical sound of carols and church songs can be quite lovely. So I accepted her generous invitation and was whisked away a few days later in the early afternoon to imbibe the musicality of the season.
No more swearing. Be a better boyfriend. Make more money... so I can give it away. What is your New Year's resolution? Do you believe in making New ...
No matter which way you put it on paper, it is related to the same course of logic that was used fifty years ago to ban interracial dating. The rhetoric of "stick to your own kind" vis-a-vis Jewish dating isn't exactly bigotry, but it isn't quite not.
When I go with my partner to midnight Mass, I am glad I know the words to the songs. I look around and am not surprised to see a fairly large number of other Jews from the neighborhood, also joining in singing the songs with the choir. It is Christmas. It is a time to celebrate peace and joy and goodwill towards all. We can all share those hopes.
COLLAGE Yesterday I threw out my career. Today I threw out my father and uncle's business. In his impeccable handwriting, my father kept all the boo...
You may feel married to the calendar long after you're no longer married to your ex. As adults, we remember feelings and experiences more than calendar dates. With creativity and commitment, you can celebrate your own new traditions that don't depend on a number on the wall.