Rabbi Mark Wildes’ opening remarks at the 2016 MJE Annual Ruth B. Wildes Memorial Event/ “JOHN LENNON VS THE USA” by Leon Wildes Book Launch | September 7, 2016 @ Cardozo School of Law Thank you all for coming tonight. Tonight is a very exciting evening for our family because it marks two important events. […]
READ FULL ARTICLE ON TIMES OF ISRAEL Sitting on the plane returning from MJE’s annual trip to Israel, I ask myself the same question every year: What is it? What is it that makes such an enormous impact on those who travel to Israel? What is it about this place, that in just a week, […]
READ FULL POST ON TIMES OF ISRAEL I just got off the phone with my French cousin Michael Hanneux. Michael grew up near Strasbourg and is today one of many young Jewish professionals living and working in Paris. He sounded so down and almost despondent about the terrible attack in Nice. He said the […]
Dr. Barry Schwartz, a psychologist, delivered a Ted Talk on what he called the “explosion of choices” we now have: In his local supermarket there are seemingly endless varieties of cookies, soups, cereals and toothpastes. When it comes to health care, patients are offered “options” from which they could choose. Technology allows us to work […]
READ ON TIMES OF ISRAEL Probably the most often asked question I receive in my work is: “Rabbi: Where are the miracles? The Bible is filled with miracles, Why doesn’t God perform them anymore? If God performed a miracle, Rabbi, then I’d believe and maybe I’d even follow in His ways.” My answer is always […]
Authored by Rabbi Mark Wildes, with contributions by Jessica Hendricks Yee of The Brave Collection and Michelle Soffen of MJE FEATURED ON HUFFINGTON POST Modern Day Slavery. When you hear these words, what comes to mind? Perhaps the phenomenon of being tethered to technology, the need to check one’s email all hours of the […]
FEATURED ON THE TIMES OF ISRAEL Years ago I heard the following story from Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, the former Chief Rabbi of Israel. It will require a bit of your imagination: An Olympia airline plane lands in Athens, Greece. An old man steps off the plane. He is none other than Socrates, the great […]
Featured on: TIMES OF ISRAEL For many years, my wife and I would spend time in Boyton Beach, Florida where my in-laws used to live. They lived in a lovely community populated overwhelmingly by Jewish retirees from Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey. It’s a whole world of shuffleboard, mahjong games and early bird specials […]
READ ON HUFFINGTON POST You’re glued to the screen, surrounded by spicy hot wings and shouting friends. Maybe you have money on the game, maybe you don’t. One more down. One more chance to move 10 yards. “Please, get it. Please God, let them just get it.” Without even realizing it, you find yourself praying. […]
U.S. News & World Report once published an article, “50 Ways to Fix Your Life,” or at least improve it. “Learning to Meditate” was near the top of the list, the article demonstrating how meditation leads not only to spiritual enlightenment but better health. What a great way to market Jewish prayer (tefillah) and get […]
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