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The Nation Demands Social Justice

July 30, 2011
The Nation Demands Social Justice

Jerusalem is a great city for a political activist.  Hardly a week goes by without a demonstration of some sort.  Peace, pluralism, gay rights, you name it, we have demonstrations for everything.  Tonight (Saturday, July 30, 2011) I went to the first demonstration I’ve been to that was focused on issues of “social justice.”...
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Judaism and Baseball

July 30, 2011
Judaism and Baseball

July is the month of Independence Day—the holiday of hot dogs, hamburgers, beer and bar-b-ques, not to mention fireworks. And all of those things remind me of baseball. Even though the World Series is months away, somehow the month of July seems to be the heart of the baseball season. Baseball is the classic...
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Matot 5771 — Angels and Demons

July 24, 2011
Matot 5771 — Angels and Demons

Your actions have cosmic significance. God not only cares about what you do, your actions have an influence in the heavenly realms. In this week’s Torah portion we read, “If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his...
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Do Not Desecrate the Image of God

July 13, 2011

I wrote an op-ed piece that appeared in the Jerusalem Post on July 13, 2011, about the controversial book “Torah Hamelech,” a book that has been in the news here in Israel lately because of the outlandish claims it makes, such as: The Ten Commandments’ prohibition on murder only applies to a Jew killing...
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A visit to Rawabi

July 11, 2011
A visit to Rawabi

I did something today that the Israeli government seems to think is dangerous.  At least that’s what the sign says: “Area A: Danger to your life and a criminal violation.”  Area A is the part of the West Bank that is under Palestinian civil and security control (mostly places like Ramallah, Nablus, and Bethlehem)....
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Balak 5771: Gaza, Hamas, and a Talking Donkey

July 7, 2011
Balak 5771: Gaza, Hamas, and a Talking Donkey

“Come then, put a curse on this people…For I know that he who you bless is blessed indeed, and he whom you curse is cursed.”  …Numbers 22:6 Balaam was a non-Jewish prophet (he talked to God, God gave him instructions) in the days when Israel was wandering in the desert.  He is famous as...
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