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 […]
Featured on: TIMES OF ISRAEL MK Michael Oren Speaks at MJEWATCH: Michael Oren gives a fascinating and entertaining lecture about the history and current status of the U.S./ Israel relationship. For more on the evening, check out this The Times of Israel blog post by Rabbi Mark Wildes on what we can learn from Michael […]
The Torah calls Noah a tzadik, a righteous person, a term not used casually in the biblical tradition, even to describe Abraham or Moses. Rashi quotes the famous debate in the Talmud concerning the opening verse in our parsha: “Noah was a righteous man, perfect in his generation” [Genesis 6:9]. The Talmud [Sanhedrin 108a] questions: […]
Featured on: HUFFINGTON POST | TIMES OF ISRAEL Years ago a man by the name of Andrew Burian spoke to MJE participants about his experience during the Holocaust. After finishing his incredible account of survival of many concentration camps, an audience member asked “Why did you stay religious after enduring and witnessing all those […]
** Read the full blog post on: The Huffington Post | The Times of Israel | the algemeiner ** Look familiar? Maybe you’ve sent or received a few similar texts yourself in the past week? Something that implies “I’m sure I messed up somehow.. Sorry.” There’s nothing wrong with sending apology texts, or using technology to connect with those far away, […]
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