How should we respond to the tumultuous events around the death of George Floyd? The Torah guides us.
During this political season there has been much talk about who the economy does and does not work for. How does the Torah deal with economic inequality?
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New York City Bill de Blasio erred in admonished the Jewish community at large over the failure of funeral attendees to keep an appropriate social distance at a funeral of a noted rabbi in Brooklyn. What can we learn from his mistake?
This past year we witnessed the worst anti-Semitic attack in American history. Besides tightening security, what do we have to do to ensure our survival?
Unfortunately, Congresswoman Omar has provided us with a wonderful example of how NOT to apologize.
Novelist Michael David Lukas claimed in a New York Times opinion piece, The Hypocrisy of Chanukah that the Maccabees would have hated him because he is an assimilated Jews. Is Lukas correct? Can we maintain our Jewish identity while benefiting from the larger culture or must we choose one or the other?
Though Israeli’s enemies have failed to destroy the Jewish state on the battle field they have not given up. They now use political methods in an attempt to reach their goal. We must not stand by silently as Israel remains under siege.
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?
Rabbi Steven Saks
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