Rabbis Without Borders

“Do You Have a Weapon?”

I began making frequent trips to Israel during the second intifada, in August 2001. I became accustomed to the security ...

Silence and Slavery

My daughter sings in the choir at her Jewish high school.  Only her mother can attend the annual concert. I ...

A Presidential Ritual

Last Monday evening a light rain fell on the Capitol City where I live on 16th Street, a mile up ...

No Compulsion in Religion

As an American-Israeli it is painful to watch Israel’s dirty laundry be aired out so publicly. I have been content ...

We Shall Overcome Someday!

We shall overcome, we shall overcome, We shall overcome someday; Oh, Deep in my heart, I do believe, We shall ...

Crying Out from the Mountaintop with Moshe and Martin

After hours of excruciating labor, the sweetest sound that can be heard is that of a crying baby.  That first ...

Remembering Debbie… one year on

On January 9, 2011, a sweet singer of Israel, Debbie Friedman, passed away.  While her Hebrew yahrzeit is at the ...

Bet You Can’t Eat Just One!

Potato chips can be absolutely addicting. The marketing of processed foods in America has brilliantly caught us in our weakness ...

The Holiness of Vacation

Every Thursday afternoon at my yeshiva college in Queens my Gemara rebbe (teacher of Talmud) would offer a short thought ...

Exile, Authenticity and Truth

There is an oft quoted description of Torah being a combination of black fire and white fire and, perhaps surprisingly, ...