Transforming American Judaism

Throughout late antiquity and the Middle Ages, Jews dispersed around the world were (despite our well-deserved reputation for contentiousness) united by a shared faith and practice. There were to be sure rifts and schisms (between those who welcomed the philosophic writings of Maimonides and those who condemned them, for example, or between the Chasidim and […]

Continue reading

A Day of Judgment for our Nation

The High Holiday season is a time for individuals to engage in rigorous self-examination, to scrutinize their deeds over the course of the past year, to reflect on their merits and on their lapses and shortcomings, and to resolve that in the year to come they will do better. At this season of judgment, when […]

Continue reading

Growing up with Israel

I grew up with the State of Israel, being all of five years old on that Friday afternoon in May, 1948 when Israel’s Declaration of Independence was signed and read. What a thrill it was for me six years ago to visit Israel’s Independence Hall in Tel Aviv, the site of that momentous event. Growing […]

Continue reading