Freedom, climate change and the Pandemic

“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.” So begins Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s book “The Social Contract.” I’ve been thinking...

Netanyahu Blames everyone but himself

One well-known example of “chutzpah” is someone who murders his parents, then pleads for mercy from the court because he is an orphan....

The Great Fake

Imagine a shiny Cadillac pulls up to your house and a guy in a fancy suit, smelling of cologne, knocks on your door. “Just sign this,” he...

Lurking within is the Holy Urge

Parshat Toldot 1 F WE COULD X-RAY OUR HEARTS — NOT THE fist-sized muscle, but the pulsating center from which our dreams and desires...

a SLOW bURNING eXPLOSION LIKE THE sUN

Parshat Shmot SOMETIMES, THINGS GET WORSE before they get better. Sometimes, things get worse even as they are getting better— as...

War Damage

Parshat Naso Who fought the first religious war? The answer, according to Genesis, is Cain and Abel: "Cain brought an offering to the...

gATEWAY OF THE pERSECUTED

Parshat Vayetze Jacob, escaping his murderously angry brother, more or less stumbles unto "the gates of heaven," described laconically in...

Power to the People

Torah' for Israel's Jubilee May 1998 (first published Jerusalem Report) For 50 years, Israelis have allowed the state to shape their...

Jewish Intimacy: Nitzavim VaYelech

Losing God and Finding Him is Part of What it Means to be a Jew GOOD NEWS: WE ARE NOT THE FIRST generation to be fraught with alarm over...

parshat hashavua

this is about the Torah portion of the week So here will be all kinds of writings from the Torah portion of the week.

Return to the Garden of Eden

Paashat Shlach Lecha. Originally published in "The People and the Book", Jerusalem Report, June 15 1995. The unfinished story of the...

Masters of the Universe

Israel's economic planners have fallen under the sway of the International Monetary Fund, and are hypnotized by the Credit Rating...

Inside Out

In the past, those figures who most represented the Jewish people’s universalistic thrust, such as the Pauline Jesus and Marx, soundly...

Shlomo's Torah

Shlomo’s Torah transported listeners emotionally and imaginatively, connecting them to inner states of longing and healing — to a...

Messiah Now

Chabad Messianists, the Rebbe, and the Future of Judaism On April 9 this year, some four thousand men and women crammed into Yad Eliyahu,...

יד לא נעלמה

ברדיפה אחרי כסף וכוח הולכים ומשתלטים כמה תאגידי ענק על משאבי הטבע והכלכלה של העולם כולו. התהליך, אשר גורם להרס חייהם ותרבותם של מאות...

The Brutal Regime Across the Red Sea

Eritreans in Israel claim they are refugees from a murderous regime. In their thousands, they have braved Sudan and the Sinai desert in...