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Korach 5779 – Change is Hard

July 11, 2019
Korach

Change is hard. Change is necessary.  Change is inevitable. In this week’s Torah portion, a man named Korach wants change. He leads a rebellion against the leadership of Moses and Aaron, saying: רַב־לָכֶם֒ כִּ֤י כָל־הָֽעֵדָה֙ כֻּלָּ֣ם קְדֹשִׁ֔ים וּבְתוֹכָ֖ם יְי וּמַדּ֥וּעַ תִּֽתְנַשְּׂא֖וּ עַל־קְהַ֥ל יְי׃ You have gone too far! For all the community are holy,...
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Korach 5778 – Korach, Governance, and Temple Beth-El

June 19, 2018
Argument

Note: the argument in the photo was at the Western Wall a few years ago, when some ultra-Orthodox men were threatening women trying to peacefully pray with Women of the Wall (including one of my daughters), and I came to their defense. No fisticuffs ensued: they backed off and left the women alone. When...
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Life is not black and white

June 7, 2013
Life is not black and white

In the last two days I’ve had two very different op-ed pieces published in two very different publications. Yesterday I had a piece published in The Hill (an influential publication in Washington, DC) on “Fix the right patent problems.” My day job is taking care of marketing and PR for a US-based patent monetization...
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Korach 5771 — Why can’t we all get along?

June 24, 2011

This week’s Torah reading, Korach, starts out with Korach and his band of followers challenging the leadership of Moses, saying “Aren’t we all holy?  Weren’t we all at Sinai? What makes you so special?”   It’s a very troubling story, both for what Korach did — seeking his own glory — and for what...
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Korach 5767 — God save the whistleblowers

June 21, 2007
Korach 5767 — God save the whistleblowers

At the opening of parshat Korach, this week’s Torah reading, Moses and Aaron, two brothers, have consolidated all the significant political and religious power to themselves. Moses is the temporal power – seemingly self-appointed President for life – and Aaron is the religious power, appointed, not elected, high priest for life. They have declared that the...
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Korach 5766 — How Much Do You Have to Give to Charity

June 30, 2006

Earlier this week Warren Buffet, the world’s second richest man, announced that he is giving $25 billion to the world’s richest man. Well, he’s not exactly giving the money to Bill Gates. He’s giving the money to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a charitable organization that is already the largest private foundation in...
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