NOW FEATURED ON TIMES OF ISRAEL Last week I met with one of my students for an early morning Torah study session. My student, let’s call him Michael, looked utterly exhausted. “You okay?”, I asked. “Late night at the office” was Michael’s reply. When I asked him how late he answered: “3AM.” Over my twenty […]
By Rabbi Mark Wildes Now featured on Time of Israel! The Virtue and Crime of Silence Silence can sometimes be a virtue. For example, when the Biblical figure Aaron lost his two sons in a tragic episode, Aaron’s silent acceptance of the Divine decree was seen as meritorious. Silent acceptance of a sad or […]
By Rabbi Mark Wildes Since Chanukah is such a joyous time I hate to get negative. However, as a student of Jewish history and a rabbi involved in outreach, I feel compelled to respond to some of the disturbing opinions Michael Lukas wrote in his New York Times opinion piece, The Hypocrisy […]
By Rabbi Mark Wildes NOW PUBLISHED ON TIMES OF ISRAEL On November 9, Twitter user @voidmstr tweeted at Shutterstock, a leading American stock photography company, an image hosted on their site that depicts Jews as money hungry people, an age-old anti-Semitic stereotype. It took five days until the image and the related photo […]
By Rabbi Mark Wildes The Jewish Sages teach, based on the life of the matriarch Sarah, that a righteous person never stops growing. A pious person never becomes complacent where they are, no matter what their age. That’s why one of the most striking things about the terrible attack in Pittsburgh was […]
By Rabbi Mark Wildes NEW OP-ED NOW FEATURED ON THE FORWARD! Click below to view.
By Rabbi Mark Wildes Watching Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford during the confirmation hearings was upsetting, shocking, and anything but bipartisan. However, if we remove all the politics involved, the situation raises two ethical issues: sexual morality and speech. Both are fundamental Jewish principles and go to the very heart of […]
NOW UP ON THE TIMES OF ISRAEL By Rabbi Mark Wildes Where the Happiest People Live A new study surveying 20,000 young people from 20 different countries reveals a fascinating trend when it comes to people’s level of happiness. The study, conducted by the Varkey Foundation, called “Generation Z: Global Citizenship Survey – What the World’s […]
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 […]
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