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 […]
TIMES OF ISRAEL BLOG POST by RABBI MARK WILDES | Monday, May 01, 2018 As a kid, I always loved Lag Ba’omer. That was the day my Jewish day school would take us to Flushing Meadow Park to play ball and eat ice cream. We were told it was a time to celebrate […]
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 […]
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 […]
BLOG POST IN THE TIMES OF ISRAEL | Monday January 15, 2018 In a speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr to the students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967, King told the students not to be ashamed of their skin color. He encouraged them to develop “a […]
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 […]
SERMON DELIVERED BY RABBI MARK WILDES | August 19, 2017 In this past week’s Torah reading, Parshat Re’ah, referring to the idolatrous and pagan altars existing in the land of Israel, the Torah commands the Jewish people: “You shall break apart their altars; you shall smash their pillars; and their Asherim shall you burn […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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