A Lesson in Chutzpa, Courtesy of AIG

By Rabbi Naphtali Hoff The most recent scandal involving American Insurance Group (AIG), which erupted after the embattled bailout funds recipient distributed $170 million in...

The Door Is Open

By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz The Mishnah in Maseches Yoma (85b) says, "Ha'omer echtah v'oshuv, echtah v'oshuv, ein maspikin beyado la'asos teshuvah, echtah v'Yom Hakippurim mechaper,...

Obama vs. Achiezer

By S. Friedman There are many things one can attribute Barack Obama's winning a second term as president to.  One of the things that cannot...

Fasting: Exercise In Righteousness or Just Hunger Pangs?

By Rabbi Eliyahu Safran Our calendar is dotted with a number of fast days, days when we are called upon to deny ourselves the ...

Survivors

By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz We pulled up to the quaint, centuries-old hotel. The lobby was unremarkable. It had some sofas and plush chairs, along...

A Message from the Kalever Rebbe for Tu B’Av 5774: Are We in Danger...

The Sages teach "There were no greater Jewish holidays than the fifteenth of Av and Yom Kippur!" The Sages continue their narrative by telling...

Time and Meaning: Each Second, Each Moment

By Rabbi Eliyahu Safran The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once. - Albert Einstein "The mass of men lead lives of...

With The Palestinians, Obama Masters The Art Of Pretending

By Stephen M. Flatow President Barack Obama's chief of staff, Denis McDonough, used his appearance at the recent J Street conference to take a...

Can You “Google” It? The Power of Paradox and Mystery

By Rabbi Eliyahu Safran Is there a teleological suspension of the ethical? The existentialist philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, asked this question when contemplating the Akeda.  He could...

Dershowitz: Jonathan Pollard’s Release Doesn’t Make Up for Iran Deal

By Alan M. Dershowitz  The United States is doing Israel no favor by releasing convicted spy Jonathan Pollard years after he should have been released...