by Rabbi Julie Schonfeld Shortly after making havdalah, the ceremony separating Shabbat from the work week, I went online to reconnect with the rest of the world and, to my horror, saw the images of last night. From Israel, the image of a Haredi boy, styled to look like the … [Read more...] about Jewish is About Bringing Light, Not Fearing Darkness
What if the Diaspora demanded something in return for the financial aid they deliver each and every year to Israeli society? Perhaps, just perhaps, it’s time for the Diaspora to insist on a quid pro quo. There are many issues here in Israel that have a direct influence on J … [Read more...] about Has the Time Come for a Quid Pro Quo?
by Rabbi Daniel R. Allen We play dreidel in America with the letters forming the words a great miracle happened there - Nes Gadol Haya Sham. In Israel we play the game with the words A great miracle happened here - Nes Gadol Haya Po. In Beit Shemesh these past days a great … [Read more...] about Thoughts on Beit Shemesh
Fortunately, it is not often that international Jewish organizations make such egregious decisions, that you sit-back, scratch your head, and wonder 'what-ever were they thinking?' Such was the case with the recent Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony celebrated by B'nai B'rith … [Read more...] about What Was B’nai B’rith Thinking?
by Bruce DeBoskey This is the season when many people make charitable donations. This generosity is acutely needed and greatly appreciated. Next year, however, consider approaching your charitable giving as a strategic philanthropist, rather than as a donor. The difference … [Read more...] about How to be a Strategic Philanthropist