Response to NY Times Editorial

October 27, 2011   Mr. Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. Publisher The New York Times 620 Eight Avenue New York, NY 10018   Dear Mr. Sulzberger,   I am writing to let you know how appalled I was by the insensitivity of The New York Times editorial following the release of Gilad Shalit (October 18, 2011). …

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Release of Gilad Shalit

 October 22, 2011   Governors and Presidents have the power to grant clemency, to give pardons and to commute prison sentences. Traditionally mercy is shown for any of a number of reasons.  It could be that new evidence has come to light revealing that the imprisoned is not guilty, or perhaps there is a genuine …

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Fiddling with Fidelity and Faith

Yom Kippur October 8, 2011   This past year will be remembered for many things.  Among the more memorable aspects would have to be the antics of some very prominent figures, and how often the same storyline seemed to repeat itself.  Even though by now we should be immune and used to great men acting …

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Israel: A Non-Political Sermon

Kol Nidre 2011 October 7, 2011   There is a robust discussion taking place in a number of public forums these days about whether or not rabbis should speak about political issues on the pulpit, especially during the High Holidays.  Personally, I believe it is a prerogative of a rabbi to be a good citizen …

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