Regular participation in religious services can improve the immune system, decrees blood pressure and add years to our lives. How can this be?
The Star Wars story and the story of the Exodus are similar and incredibly popular. Why?
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?
What is the point of a sanctuary? Are we attempting to house and maintain God’s glory and holiness?
As the 2016 race for the White House heats up some of the presidential hopefuls are being criticized for a lack of transparency. They can learn an important message by studying the leadership of Moses.
The recent Pew study confirmed what we already know; American Jews are losing their Jewish identity at an alarming rate. How do we maintain our Jewish identity in America?
Was Jordan right to hang two terrorists in retaliation for the murder of one of their captured soldiers? The sixth commandment is often translated as, “Thou shalt not kill.” Is that an accurate translation? Is killing permitted in certain circumstances and if so, when?
After Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French magazine’s offices were attacked by terrorists and 12 people were killed, Charlie Hebdo published a cover with a heading over a weeping Mohammad saying, “All is forgiven.” A journalist for Charlie Hebdo who worked on the piece explains that the cover is a call to forgive the terrorists who killed her colleagues. Should they be forgiven?
Shemot 5775: Should Michael Brown’s Step Father be Charged with Inciting a Riot? Balancing the Need for Justice Against the Need for Peace
It has been suggested that Louis Head should be charged with inciting a riot for the provocative comments he made after learning that the police officer who killed his step son, Michael Brown would not be indicted by a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury. Obviously, charging Brown’s step father would further inflame an already volatile situation. Both the Pharaoh of the Exodus and the Pharaoh of Joseph’s time were confronted with the challenge of balancing the need for justice against the need for peace but in very different ways.
How can we maintain our faith in the face of tremendous adversity? Even Moses needed reassurance!
Rabbi Steven Saks
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