Monthly Archives: November 2012

Book Review: Judaism and Christianity: A Contrast

I’m proud to say that my colleague and friend R’ Stuart Federow has just released his long awaited book Judaism and Christianity: A Contrast.  I want to wish him a hearty mazal tov on joining the ranks of Shakespeare, Stephen King, … Continue reading

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Explaining the Current War in Israel

The current situation in Israel is horrible.  I am praying for Israel even as I sit in the comfort of America.  I hope to never have to deal with those types of living conditions.  The problem is that people don’t … Continue reading

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Parshat Toldot 2012-Meltdown in Israel

Some people must be really scratching their heads at why the Middle East just decided to blow up.  The elections are over, Barack Obama is still president, and things should not have been a whole lot different from beforehand.  Clearly … Continue reading

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Elmo’s Fall From Grace

I did a big no-no.  I was sitting in a lobby and I gasped and pointed at the news ticker running by.  My wife hates when I point.  This was worth pointing over.  Elmo has just been accused of statutory … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding Abraham

Dr. Jon Levenson’s article written for the WSJ is one of those not-so-rare moments where academics profess great insight that they believe will somehow fix the world’s social dysfunctions if it wasn’t for the parties that the academics are studying.  It … Continue reading

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Parshat Hayei Sarah 2012-Elections and Long Term Repercussions

I stayed away from preaching about the election.  I gave my plug as I always do about voting, as did many of my rabbinic colleagues, and like usual nobody listened.  America is notoriously bad for electoral participation but this was … Continue reading

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The Best and Worst of Hurricane Sandy

I’m very fortunate.  I guess technically my family is a victim of Hurricane Sandy.  Our apartment has no heat, no electricity, and no end to this situation in sight.  Right now my wife has 1/2 tank of gas and I … Continue reading

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What Constitutes a Kosher Convert

I understand this is a controversial topic, so I’ll probably do a video soon, B”H.  In the meantime, here’s an answer I gave on the Jewish Values Online web site. I want to convert to Judaism, but I’ve been told … Continue reading

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Parshat V’eara 2012-The Gift You Should Want

I’ve gotten to the age where people get you practical gifts.  I hate practical gifts.  I want legos.  At any rate, last year my in-laws got me a 1 Terabyte external drive.  I said thank you but I really didn’t … Continue reading

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