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It is never too early to think about Chanukah but, I have been wondering … who decided we should eat brisket with our latkes? It seems that the sale of briskets is higher right before Chanukah than … more
The focus of this week’s essay is “Cardozo on the Parashah: Genesis,” the latest work by the distinguished scholar, Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo. The founder and dean of … more
The beginning of our parasha, Vayishlach, depicts Ya’akov Avinu’s return to Eretz Yisrael and the preparations he undertook before encountering his estranged brother, Eisav. What … more
Twenty-two years have passed since Jacob fled his brother, penniless and alone, since Esau swore his revenge for what he saw as the theft of his blessing. Now the brothers are about to meet … more
There is something special about meeting up with an old friend one hasn’t seen in years. I recently had just such a special experience, when I spent a weekend in a community where a friend … more
Parshat Vayishlach begins with Yaakov’s worries over finally meeting Eisav after many years apart. And while that encounter goes surprisingly pareve-ly, his next significant stop, in Shechem, … more
It was a blisteringly hot day, and the shade of the trees offered little respite for the 40 prisoners of the Waldkommando (forest brigade) whose job it was to cut down trees for lumber for the … more
President Donald Trump delivered a 45-minute speech to the Israeli American Council (IAC) in Hollywood, Florida on Saturday night. Trump spoke about his administration’s decisions to pull … more
Danny Danon, Israeli’s ambassador to the UN, wants to introduce a General Assembly resolution on behalf of 850,000 forgotten Jews who were forced to flee such Muslim-ruled countries as … more
In France, which is experiencing another surge of anti-Jewish attacks, the lower house of parliament has approved a draft resolution that calls hatred of Israel a form of anti-Semitism. In … more
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