Last Shabbat, I spoke about the Conservative Movement’s debate over homosexuality. Due to the gravity of the decision, and to the requests made for a synopsis of that discussion, I would like to summarize what I said this week for CyberTorah.
This Sunday I was fortunate enough to attend the AIPAC South Peninsula dinner along with over 1300 other supporters of Israel. It was impressive to see the vocal and passionate support that Israel receives in this community and to see the non-Jewish supporters of Israel in attendance also. There were two tables organized by people … Continue reading Ahavat Israel
It’s been a long bad history as a Jew. From Medieval persecution to the modern Arab-Israeli conflict, we have been under siege for nearly all of our history. As a result, we have sometimes demonized the Other. We have been walled in and threatened – so we have used Rabbinic midrash as our own battlefield … Continue reading The Pathos of Esau
There is a shocking amount of paperwork around the purchase of a home. Buyers have to sign a contract of sale, provide proof of insurance, and guarantee their first born child to the mortgage broker. Or at least that is how it felt as I went through it. Especially in a market like that of … Continue reading Title Insurance
Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday. It is the one day on the American calendar that unites people of all races, religions and creeds. The biggest travel day of the year, it brings people in the United States together in an inspiring and all encompassing way. We join together to eat, to celebrate, and to … Continue reading Let Us Give Thanks