Lighten up, Moses

Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Chukat, Numbers 19:1 – 22:1. Miriam dies, and after that there is no more water. Once again, the Israelites gather themselves against Moses and Aaron. The two ask God for help, and God tells Moses to take his staff and speak to a rock, which will then… Read More

Murder on the health care express

The demise of health care is going to look something like “Murder on the Orient Express” — everyone in the GOP takes a stab at it in the middle of the night and in the end no one knows who did it. The first wave of protest in response to the outrageous House bill has ebbed completely,… Read More

Do Jews get equal justice?

This is really easy,” said the late Justice Antonin Scalia when he announced the Supreme Court’s 8-1 decision two years ago in favor of Samantha Elauf, the Muslim girl who applied for a sales job with Abercrombie & Fitch. The court ruled that the Civil Rights Act was violated by Abercrombie when it turned Elauf… Read More

Peace in the center

Last week, Democrat Jon Ossoff lost his bid to become a U.S. Congressman in a race for the seat that was once occupied by Republican Newt Gingrich during his rise to the speakership of the House of Representatives. In the 1990’s, Gingrich’s attention-grabbing tactics, political disruptions and personal peccadillos were viewed as edgy. By today’s… Read More

Israel’s gov’t crashes into the Wall

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not our elected leader. The government of Israel is not our elected government. But, as members of the Jewish people, the Land of Israel is our ancestral birthplace, and its holy places are our holy places. And a deal is a deal. By virtue of our birthright, we have… Read More

Letters June 29, 2017

Making a bad climate worse In a June 22 Voices piece, David Kraemer argues that Judaism requires supporting the Paris Climate Accord because global warming might result in additional deaths. This is sometimes called the Precautionary Principle and it has been accepted in various ways (e.g. vaccination). Several major problems arise when applying this principle…. Read More

Hateful words lead to hateful acts

Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Korach, Numbers 16:1 — 18:32. The rebellion of Korach is an explicit, notorious rebellion against Moses’ divinely mandated leadership — ultimately a rebellion against God. Jewish tradition sees it as the paradigm of an illegitimate controversy. The Mishnah tells us: “A controversy for the sake of heaven… Read More