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 […]
I recently came across the last words of Steve Jobs that I would like to share with you. I have come to the pinnacle of success in business. In the eyes of others, my life has been the symbol of success. However, apart from work, I have little joy. Finally, my wealth is simply a […]
In ‘The Crime I Did Not Commit’, author Sarah Rigler relates the experience of her cousin Circuit Court judge Alice Gilbert, and her innovative idea. She required every criminal convicted in her courtroom to write a 2000 word essay answering the questions How did my crime affect me? How did it affect my family? How […]
This story is told my Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Two hundred years ago in Koretz, all the Jews were G-d fearing except Avramele the Schneider, the tailor. He never went to synagogue, or to the kosher butcher for that matter. The only place people saw him was at the local pub at night, drunk. People only […]
In December 1939 Nicholas Winton was getting ready to set off on a ski trip from England to Switzerland. Before leaving he received a phone call from his friend Martin Blake. Blake told him “I have an interesting assignment and I need your help. Don’t bother to bring your skis.” Germany had just taken over […]
These past two weeks have seen unprecedented destruction sweeping across the United States. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey an estimated 30,000 people will need temporary shelter, 14 000 national guards were activated to help save people and 450 000 will need disaster assistance from FEMA. Losses due to destruction are estimated at $75 billion. […]
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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