On the Recognition of Jerusalem

When President Ronald Reagan decided to visit the cemetery of Nazi soldiers buried in Bitburg, Germany, Israel’s Prime Minister, Shimon Peres said at the time, “A friend is a friend.  And when a friend makes a mistake, a friend is still a friend and a mistake is still a mistake.”   I open with this …

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What Harvey Weinstein Can Learn from the Biblical Story of Creation

By now Harvey Weinstein, who named his original company Miramax in honor of his parents, Max and Miriam Weinstein, is now known for more than just being a successful movie mogul and producer.  Once associated with hit motion pictures and a successful movie company bearing his name, and for his generous donations to liberal candidates …

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Stones & Memory: A Yizkor Sermon

The extent of the destruction and loss caused by the hurricanes of the past two months is difficult to fathom and comprehend.  The overwhelming devastation which has ravaged and ransacked islands, towns and cities, destroying personal property, ruining homes, and uprooting tens of thousands of people did not distinguish between rich and poor.  As Sonia …

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Fifty Years After the Six Day War

June 10, 2017 When I was younger, fifty years earlier seemed like an eternity.  It felt distant, like ancient time, an antiquated past to which I could not relate.  The world fifty years earlier was very different from the one I inhabited.  When I was 14 years old, in June of 1967, just finishing 9th …

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