Environmental preservation has been part of Jewish tradition for 3,300 years.
I always considered "being normal" the most important quality in a person. Then I had a baby with Down syndrome.
Every so often, we are reminded that we are not the conquerors, but trustees.
When confronted with evil, it's the time to fight - and to counteract with kindness.
As Jews, we have an increased moral obligation to respond, to speak out and take action.
Why are some people blessed with wonderful, caring friends while others seem destined for loneliness?
Whether the workplace, at home, or school - everyone thrives on sincere praise.
Contrasting our problems with the difficulties previous Jewish generations had to endure puts some things in to perspective.
Spiritual lessons from the crucial presidential vote in Ohio.
It's been an office, phone booth, dining room, and hair and make-up salon. Last week I got a wake up call that changed all that.
A cry from an Arab American over the carnage in Russia.
Overcoming our failure of imagination.
Deceit and insincerity, both subtle and blatant, permeate our lives.Jaded, we either miss it or shrug it off. Neither reaction is acceptable.
Maimonides' mystifying rodent and the limits of science.
It's time to start wearing our Jewishness on our sleeve.
When a Jewish family needs help with drug abuse, where can they turn?
A neighborhood petition taught me how the Torah encompasses all areas of existence.
When all is said and done, all you're left with is the money you've given away.
Another unfortunate example of classical appeasement.
When civilized nations fail to rise up against the Jew-haters in their midst, it is often just a matter of time before the Jew-haters in their midst rise up against them.
Are we supposed to ignore the irony that our strongest allies are now promoting a film that resurrects the charge of deicide?
When you retell a story in which the role of the Jews is central and give it the most offensive, pre-Vatican II treatment possible, you can hardly claim, "I didn't mean it."
Perhaps our best response to this Hollywood missionary effort is to look inward and take pride in the beauty of our own faith.
His latest lethal weapon? Mel's film promises spiritual inspiration but instead evokes the kind of rage that for centuries past resulted in ruthless acts of retribution.
Gas chambers. Poisoned food. Torture. Families murdered en masse. How much more do we need to know about North Korea's crimes before we act to stop them?
In the Netherlands emotional pain is sufficient legal justification to assist in one's suicide. What is happening to the immeasurable value in human life?
The Jews always honored their heroes, biblical or otherwise, without forgetting that they were human beings and subject to mistakes and failures.
The present has become an elaborate excuse to take a picture for the future.
Practical ideas on how to help those who have suffered loss.
Jawad Amir Sayyid's story makes a powerful symbolic counterpoint to Saddam Hussein's capture.
"How are you?" "I'll give you a call!" and other words we use to create the illusion of caring.
Pulled between responsibilities towards one's children and one's aging parents, "the sandwich generation" have their own unique dilemmas.
When it comes to finding the negative qualities in others, our imagination becomes a veritable fountain of ideas. But finding the good in others takes so much thought and effort.
If having possessions means living in fear and loss, we are not richer for them.
A rescue worker looks back to that fateful day.
Although domestic abuse is totally abhorrent to Judaism, the Jewish community is not completely immune to it.
I have decided to go without television for an entire week. And believe me, this is a big deal.
Where's the beef? Examining the pros and cons.
The concept of "bar mitzvah" has drifted incredibly far from its true meaning in these materialistic times.