Members of clergy should stay out of partisan politics. That is the general rule, and a wise one at that. The separation of church and state, a term coined by Thomas Jefferson, yet not explicitly written in the Constitution, is one of the great attributes of American democracy. I believe that the First Amendment also […]
Articles & Sermons
Although it has been only a few days since our nation was shaken to the core by Orlando nightclub massacre, a virtual firestorm of accusations, vilifying and xenophobia is already raging. This was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, and it has simultaneously opened two already festering wounds: homophobia and Islam phobia. Unfortunately, this horrifying act […]
One of the most essential features on our computers and phones is the Delete button. It used to be that when we received a letter or request, it would arrive by mail. Then, if we wished to respond, we might take a little time before doing so. Now, with email travelling through cyberspace in a […]
A Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah is a prominent element of contemporary Jewish practice, with the level of celebration seemingly without limit or restraint. However, this essay is not about Bar and Bat Mitzvah excess. Much has already been written on this subject. Sufficed to say that ostentatious celebrations are in bad taste and present […]
The Western Wall is not as sacred as many pretend. It is not the remnant of Solomon’s Temple. Rather it is the last standing remnant of the Second Temple.