Obama’s Message of Hope

I found the President’s speech to Israelis inspiring and filled with hope. The line impacting me the most was when he said peace begins “not just in the plans of leaders, but in the hearts of people, not just in a carefully designed process, but in the daily connections that take place among those who… Read More

New way to speak about Israel

For as long as I can remember, supporters of Israel have complained about how poor Israel is at hasbara (literally “explanation,” but in this context, “public relations”). To those of us who love and support Israel, it has always been especially frustrating because it appears so obvious that objective analysis by any rational person would… Read More

The last first day

I have been thinking a great deal about the significance of this day, for it marks the end of a 29-year-streak. It is the last time I will bless one of my children as they go off for the first day of school. Since September of 1983 when my oldest son left the house to… Read More

Rabbis lobby for Israel at U.N.

The old adage about the weather is applicable to the United Nations. Everyone complains about it, but no one seems to do anything about it. A group of more than 60 rabbis, at the annual meeting of the Rabbinic Cabinet of Jewish Federations of North America, decided to try to do something, if not about… Read More

Dealing with our Jewish generation gap

I am, as I write this, about to depart for a lecture tour to the United States. While I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about the Jewish scene across the Atlantic, this time, I am going with some trepidation because there is a new Jewish reality in the Diaspora. Most audiences I will address will be… Read More