Entries by Rabbi Mark Wildes

Marching Against Bias

NOW UP ON THE TIMES OF ISRAEL By Rabbi Mark Wildes Last week, as MJE has done for 20 years, we marched in the Annual Celebrate Israel Parade. The parade was watched by over 40,000 people and included officials such as New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Israel’s Ambassador to the […]

Something for your Seder

BLOG POST by RABBI MARK WILDES | Wednesday, April 28, 2018   Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchick told the story of a Seder he remembered from his early childhood. Yosef Dov, who would later become the great Rav Solotveitchick, was just about six years old when he was sitting with his family on the Seder night […]

Some Good From the Bad

BLOG POST by RABBI MARK WILDES | Friday, February 16, 2018 On Wednesday, I was participating in a rabbinic conference in Boca Raton, Florida, just 20 minutes from the high school in Parkland where the terrible shooting took place. As I was listening to a Torah class I received a notification of the incident on […]

Anti-Semitism Turned on Its Head

  BLOG POST IN THE TIMES OF ISRAEL | November 30, 2017   Despite the 22,000 people who signed a petition to stop Linda Sarsour’s talk on anti-Semitism at The New School, the so-called Human Rights activist was included on Tuesday’s panel.  Sarsour, who has lauded noted anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, supports the BDS movement as well […]

When It Comes To Dating, Chats Beat Apps Every Time

 PUBLISHED IN THE FORWARD   Despite the ease with which men and women connect using phones, social media and the Internet, lasting relationships seem to be harder than ever to obtain. When it comes to Millennials, there are serious obstacles in finding compatible members of the opposite sex online or in person. The popularity of […]

Millennials and Religion: A New Perspective

 PUBLISHED ON THE HUFFINGTON POST   Research indicates that significant numbers of Millennials reject or are at best indifferent to religion. A survey by the Pew Research Center in 2015 concluded that 35% of Millennials (Americans born between 1981 and 1996) identified themselves as religious “nones” and that number appears to be growing. Young people seem to […]

A Holiday In Memoriam – To Celebrate or To Mourn?

PUBLISHED ON THE HUFFINGTON POST By Rabbi Mark Wildes, with contributions by Michelle Soffen Dedicated to the memory of slain student Second Lieutenant Richard W. Collins III   It’s 8:00pm. The world around comes to a sudden halt. Cars break mid highway as phones are put away and conversations paused. A nation unites in complete […]