Torah Commentary

Why Didn't the Israeli Middle Class Protests Succeed?

Why Didn't the Israeli Middle Class Protests Succeed?
Why didn’t the 2011 Israeli street protests succeed?  Last week, I introduced veteran Israel-analyst Jim Lederman and his recent comments about growing consensus in Israeli society. Jim had made a passing reference in his blog to the fa... Continue Reading »

Rejoicing in the Growing Consensus in Israel

Rejoicing in the Growing Consensus in Israel
This past Thursday morning, in my schul’s sukkah after services, I met a young British couple newly arrived on their first visit to Israel.  Returning to our apartments, they marveled at how silent Jerusalem felt on this first day of Sukko... Continue Reading »

Ki Teizei: Parapets and You

Ki Teizei: Parapets and You
A man with no history of medical problems suffers a seizure while driving. His out-of-control car veers onto the sidewalk and severely injures several people. Is he liable?  That question was put to our class on my first day of law schoo... Continue Reading »
Sep 05

Shoftim: "Scout" and Pursue Justice

Shoftim: "Scout" and Pursue Justice
It’s been many years – decades, actually – since I’ve thought about my youth in the Boy Scouts.  As I realize this, I’m at least a little surprised.  I was extremely active in scouting, including serving as a &... Continue Reading »
Aug 29

Matot: A Time for War

Matot: A Time for War
With the Jewish world focused upon “Operation Protective Edge” in Gaza, and much of Israel under constant threat of rocket attacks, our thoughts this week inevitably, painfully, turn to war.   We recoil (a verb with ironic double-... Continue Reading »

Balak: Our Messianic Star Power

Balak: Our Messianic Star Power
In a small Russian Shtetl, the community council decides to pay a poor Jew a ruble a week to sit at the town’s entrance and be the first to greet the Messiah when he arrives.  The man’s brother comes to see him, and is puzzled why he... Continue Reading »

Chukkat: Embracing the Double Standard Toward Israel

Chukkat: Embracing the Double Standard Toward Israel
There’s no doubt that the world holds Israel to a double-standard. Why is the media so fixated upon a postage-stamp Middle Eastern democracy when the world is rife with tyrants, atrocities, brutality, and all manner of discrimination? Why are P... Continue Reading »

Korach: Why (Do We) Argue?

Korach: Why (Do We) Argue?
Last week I suggested that a leader’s most important characteristic is dedication to the interests of followers. I thank both my wife and Cindy Jacobson for responding that moral leadership is also key; after all, a leader may use improper mean... Continue Reading »
Jun 18

Beha'alotecha: Take Your Leader to Me!

Beha'alotecha: Take Your Leader to Me!
Which leadership characteristic is most important?    Perhaps surprisingly, “it” doesn’t appear among the typical list of leadership qualities.  "It" isn’t organizational talent, “big ideas,&r... Continue Reading »
Jun 05

Naso: Why Most Jews Consider “His Holiness” Holy

Naso: Why Most Jews Consider “His Holiness” Holy
[This D’var Torah is dedicated to the blessed and holy memory of my friend and rabbi, Rabbi Haim Asa, z”l, of Bulgaria, Israel, Argentina, and Fullerton, California, who escaped the Shoah, fought in Israel’s War of Independence, was]... Continue Reading »
Page 8 of 19First   Previous   3  4  5  6  7  [8]  9  10  11  12  Next   Last   

He who guards his mouth preserves his life
Proverbs 13:3