What a summer! Violent protests in Charlottesville and now the terrorism in Barcelona is being displayed across televesion screens and mobile devices around the world. Do these violent scenes contribute to the very real terror the world is experiencing? Indeed, in 2016,
Until now, things seemed to be getting slowly better in our world. A post-Holocaust world made anti-Semitism a bad word in Europe and America and the Six Day War turned Israel into being a hero. That is no longer the case. Israel is vilified all over the world, and anti-Semitism is back in vogue in Europe. But the terror does not stop on
The last Mishnah in Ta'anis states: Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel says, "There were never happier days for the Jews like the fifteenth of Av and Yom Kippur for on those days the daughters of Jerusalem would go out and dance in the vineyards…" "Tu B'Av" - the fifteenth day of the month of Av is a day which after the difficult and painful days of Tisha B'Av is supposed to be a day of unity and of joy. It
I am embarrassed this morning. I am embarrassed for two reasons. I am embarrassed that this week my computer imploded and I am faced with the loss of all of my 'creative writing' for the past five years. Why I am embarrassed about this? I am embarrassed that I am so upset about this!
The Torah exhorts us: "Do not put a stumbling block in front of the blind". (Leviticus 19:14) We may not do anything that facilitates a crime or moral wrongdoing by another. Golda Meir once said, "I can forgive my enemies for killing my children; but I cannot forgive my enemies