Mayer: You had a heart of gold and so many people loved you. Shifra and I were privileged to be your partner in outreach at Manhattan Jewish Experience for 16 years, and we thought we had many more years of working together. In Pirkei Avoth, the Ethics of the Fathers 4:17, the Rabbis speak about […]
Manhattan Jewish Experience | Shabbat December 9, 2016 I would like to share with you a stanza from Leonard Cohen’s song ‘Who By Fire’ which he recorded in 1972: And who by fire, who by water Who in the sunshine, who in the night time Who by high ordeal, who by common trial Who in your […]
Rosh Hashanah 2016 | MJE East It is difficult to imagine what it would be like to be wiped out financially, to lose everything you have, including your home. This is what happened recently to someone I know, let’s call him Jim. Jim spent three years and his life savings building up an IT company. The […]
At the beginning of Parshat Vaera, God tells Moshe that His name is Hashem – the four letter name that is unpronounceable. God then says that He never revealed this name to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Why not? Were they not worthy enough to hear that name? Rashi explains that the “name” represents absolute truth. […]
Yom Kippur II 2015/5776 Have you ever been caught on the highway and traffic slows down to a standstill? You assume you are behind an accident, and traffic is moving at a snail’s pace. When you finally pass the cause of the delay, you find out that in fact the accident was not on your […]
Yom Kippur I 2015/5776 In 2011 at the age of 26, Csanad Szegedi rose to great popularity, was the wonder boy of Hungary’s Jobbik party and their representative on the European Parliament. The Jobbik party is a right wing party which is nationalistic, xenophobic, anti-immigrant and fueled itself with anti-semitic hatred. Amongst his anti-semitic tropes […]
Rosh Hashanah 2015/5776 When we feel something in our kishkes, it means it is not just something we think and feel, it is something that we live. It permeates our core. It is what popps into our head when were are not thinking, (or when we are praying), it’s what we dream about. Oh by […]
Tabloid, Sit Coms, Talk Shows, Reality TV, gossip girls. Our media is seeped with gossip, and often pernicious hurtful gossip, or what we call in the Torah loshon hara. Because it is so commonplace in the public eye, people just accept that this is what people do. They talk about others. They comment about them, […]
Yesterday on my trip back from the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington DC, I was thinking back on the events of the past few days, and on the upcoming holiday of Purim. I had just heard (on TV, not in Congress) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver his historic speech before the US Congress. This […]
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