The word nationalism has been in the news lately. How does the Jewish view of nationalism help us respond to the worst anti-Semitic attack in American history?
It’s been said that the world’s oldest disease is anti-Semitism. But there is something new about this old disease. In fact, this disease had already mutated three times, and we are now suffering through its fourth mutation. How should we respond?
Seeing people in a nuanced manner helps us to simultaneously protect ourselves from being hurt while finding redeeming qualities in those we had previously written off. Yet, our brains are programmed to make sweeping snap judgments about people. How can we fight this tendency and view people in their totality?
Natalie Portman, the Israeli-born American Oscar-award-winning actress, announced that she will not appear in Israel to accept the Genesis Prize. How should we respond to her proactive actions?
In reaction to the Israeli government’s announcement that it is suspending plans to create a mixed prayer area at the Western Wall diaspora Jews have announced that they need to rethink their relationship with the Jewish State. Is this the correct reaction?
Delaware changed its law to provide for the needs of parents of stillborn children. Can Jewish law learn from Delaware’s example?
The Star Wars story and the story of the Exodus are similar and incredibly popular. Why?
A record number of Americans are unhappy with the candidates and the harsh tenor of the campaign. Judaism provides us with a model which can foster civil and productive disagreement.
Tetzaveh 5776: What Bernie Sanders Should Have Said In Response To Gwen Ifill’s Strange Question About “Thwarting History”
When Bernie Sanders was posed the question “Senator, do you worry about being the instrument of thwarting history, as Senator Clinton keeps claiming that she will be the first woman president?” he failed to mention the obvious, that he would make history by being the first Jewish president. What should Sander have said?
Despite security concerns, many in the Jewish community have called for the Syrian refugees to be allowed into the U.S. comparing their plight to that of the refuges of the Holocaust. Is this a valid comparison? Is this position indeed the “Jewish position?”
Rabbi Steven Saks
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