A Meeting at the White House

May 22, 2010   Fifteen rabbis go the White House for a meeting. Were the destination not the Roosevelt Room to discuss the nature of American-Israeli relations this could be the opening line of a joke with a punch line I have yet to write.  But indeed it was a meeting that was taken very …

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Jerusalem Day

May 15, 2010   Many of us have trouble keeping up with and observing long-standing Jewish holidays. Although it is probably theologically more important and central to the mission of Judaism than either Passover or Sukkot, Shavuot which begins on Tuesday night gets much less attention than its more famous cousins, Sukkot and Pesah.  Truth …

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Blessing a Governor

The early 1970’s when I was a student at the University of Maryland were contentious times.  Confrontation between authority figures and the student body was the standard mode of interaction.   I served as the Director of State Affairs, which meant that I was liaison to the various branches of the Maryland state government on …

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Behukotai: Graduating Seniors Message

May 8, 2010   It was announced earlier this week that after four years of research 57 scientists who analyzed a bone fossil have concluded that modern human beings bred with Neanderthals tens of thousands of years ago.   I don’t know about you, but I found the discovery to be exciting and fascinating. Exciting …

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