Feb. 05, 2016 | NO SEPARATION


As you have read in these columns, I grew up in a very liberal home, in which “religion” was considered a crutch for naïve, unsophisticated people. We lived in America, where there is a doctrine called “separation of church and state.” Since “religion” was not “real,” it was pushed off to “Sunday,” when you took a rest from “reality.”  

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Jan. 29, 2016 | YOU ... WE ARE NOT WORRIED ABOUT!


I had been called for jury duty. As I walked into the courthouse, I had no idea what I would hear or see. My briefcase contained holy books and some food. Who knew how long I might have to stay here? I took pains to present an appearance that would properly represent G-d. At least I could try to honor His Name in this challenging environment.  

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Jan. 24, 2016 | THE SECRET OF THE FIFTEENTH DAY


Six months ago, I wrote about Tu B’Av, a holiday which brings hope after the terrible events of Tisha B’Av. There is something about the Fifteenth day of the Jewish month which is related to redemption. The first day of Passover, the first day of Sukkos, Tu B’Shevat, and Shushan Purim all occur on the Fifteenth day of the month. 

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