There was a man mumbling to himself, pacing on the subway. The crowd was different at this hour, as I rushed from my 8:30 AM class, to my 10:30 AM clinic. I only had three stops on the 5 train, as it whooshed from the Union Square to the Brooklyn Bridge -- City Hall stops.
Islam is not nearly as alien as some have made it out to be. It was born in the greater Hellenistic world of Late Antiquity, and has always been in conversation with the traditions it has encountered.
Celebrating all our American holidays, at least to some degree, would foster unity and goodwill. We are one country and we have much more in common than not.
The best lesson to be drawn from religious exclusivity and fanaticism is what sages have taught for centuries: if my relationship with my religion or holy book comes in the way of my relationship with you, it is bound to come in the way of my relationship with God.
On November 28, 2015, my spouse and I went to see Trumbo, which is based upon the life of Dalton Trumbo and how it was impacted during one of the most shameful times in U.S. history -- the McCarthy era. The film interested me because of many comparable similarities today and because the father of close childhood friends of mine had been included on the Hollywood-blacklist.
She swore she wasn't angry, but she certainly seemed annoyed. In her text, she wrote that she was only sharing the information because other parents ...
For Donald Trump or anyone else to single out the negative, destructive, and, yes, evil passages of the Quran (or how some sects or cults within Islam co-opt, distort, and attempt to hijack the overall messages) without doing so as well with the holy books of Judaism and Christianity demonstrates a hierarchical double standard.
In a dimly lit room naked people are herded towards a chamber. There are murmurs, moans and stifled cries for help. The door shuts. A gaseous odor fil...
At a time when religious differences seem to be dividing us, it's encouraging to come upon the hidden jewels of one religion reflected in the jewels of others.
My father, my daughter and I are all born on the 11th. Today would have been my Dad's 89th birthday. My Dad was brilliant ,idiosyncratic and very funn...
For the community at Harvard, where I serve as a rabbi and chaplain, this is a time when thousands of students will be wending their ways from campus to family homes throughout the country and the world, for the winter academic recess.
Week of 12/7/15 to 12/13/15 Twitter polls have become all the rage and I am continuing to take full advantage of them each week by boldy engagi...
Keeping your faith while studying in college is one of the biggest difficulties of being away from home.
There's something eerily familiar about this scenario that happened as Nazism was gaining political power. Again today, Jews are threatened, and again, a pall of darkness has fallen over Europe as the worst of humanity on the prowl for power and world dominion, unleashes its terror.
Ruminations about assimilation come naturally to Jews in North America at the winter holiday season. How much should a parent insist that Hanukkah is part of public school celebrations that give students a heavy dose of Christmas?
Focusing on the cultural aspects have allowed us to blend our lifestyles and create our own holiday traditions which will hopefully bring our daughter many fond memories without ever having to choose one religion or one set of customs over the other.