Friends Don't Grow on Trees

Why are some people blessed with wonderful, caring friends while others seem destined for loneliness?

In Praise of Praise

Whether the workplace, at home, or school - everyone thrives on sincere praise.

Trains

Contrasting our problems with the difficulties previous Jewish generations had to endure puts some things in to perspective.

Life in the Swing State

Spiritual lessons from the crucial presidential vote in Ohio.

My Car

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.

Super Powers

As a quadriplegic, Christopher Reeve demonstrated heroic powers.

The Golden Rule

Giving others the greatest gift possible.

Standing Strong against Terrorism

A cry from an Arab American over the carnage in Russia.

Olympic Champions

A Jewish look at the quest for greatness.

Sublimating Strife

The fighting in Fallujah may have deep biblical roots

Pulling the Plug

TV or not TV? That was the question.

Lessons from the 9/11/ Commission Report

Overcoming our failure of imagination.

Friend or F.O.E.?

Beware. Forces of Estrangement are lurking everywhere.

To Tell the Truth...Sort of

Deceit and insincerity, both subtle and blatant, permeate our lives.Jaded, we either miss it or shrug it off. Neither reaction is acceptable.

Creatures and Teachers

Maimonides' mystifying rodent and the limits of science.

The Myth Of Visible Diversity

It's time to start wearing our Jewishness on our sleeve.

Drugs: A Jewish Problem?

When a Jewish family needs help with drug abuse, where can they turn?

Park Versus Synagogue

A neighborhood petition taught me how the Torah encompasses all areas of existence.

The Responsibility of Wealth

When all is said and done, all you're left with is the money you've given away.

The Significance of the Spanish Elections

Another unfortunate example of classical appeasement.

The Cancer of Anti-Semitism in Europe

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.

Jews and Christians after The Passion

Are we supposed to ignore the irony that our strongest allies are now promoting a film that resurrects the charge of deicide?

Gibson's Blood Libel

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."

The Passion: The Movie and the Aftermath

Perhaps our best response to this Hollywood missionary effort is to look inward and take pride in the beauty of our own faith.

Mel Gibson and the Jews

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.

Never Again?

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?

Life Itself

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?

Heroes

The Jews always honored their heroes, biblical or otherwise, without forgetting that they were human beings and subject to mistakes and failures.

A Picture of Life

The present has become an elaborate excuse to take a picture for the future.

How Could She Do that to Me?!

Why do we take things so personally?

If There's Anything I Can Do

Practical ideas on how to help those who have suffered loss.

Justice and Saddam Hussein

There will be no justice for Iraq's former ruler.

A Tale of Two Crypts

Jawad Amir Sayyid's story makes a powerful symbolic counterpoint to Saddam Hussein's capture.

Let's Do Lunch!

"How are you?" "I'll give you a call!" and other words we use to create the illusion of caring.

Caught in the Middle

Pulled between responsibilities towards one's children and one's aging parents, "the sandwich generation" have their own unique dilemmas.

Baseless Hatred

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.

It's Already Broken

If having possessions means living in fear and loss, we are not richer for them.

Inside the Tower

A rescue worker looks back to that fateful day.

Blackout!

Making light out of a very dark night.

Twice Burned

Although domestic abuse is totally abhorrent to Judaism, the Jewish community is not completely immune to it.

Confessions of a Television-a-holic

I have decided to go without television for an entire week. And believe me, this is a big deal.

Judaism and Vegetarianism

Where's the beef? Examining the pros and cons.

Bar Mitzvah Motivators

The concept of "bar mitzvah" has drifted incredibly far from its true meaning in these materialistic times.

The Truth About Jonathan Pollard

Pollard's life sentence is based on a humongous Washington whopper of a lie.

A Tribute to Senator Moynihan

Remembering a great friend of the Jewish people.

Dissolve the United Nations

The civilized world would be better off were the United Nations in its present form to disappear.

Universalism: Can Loving More Mean Loving Less?

The opposite of Universalism is community, not sectarianism.

Holiday From History

Will the civilized world disarm the barbarians who could cause the ultimate destruction?

Life, Death, and Purpose

A former athlete insists that the most wonderful thing that ever happened to him was the swimming accident that left him a quadriplegic.

The UN's Moral Irrelevance

The choice of one of the world's most repressive tyrannies to head the UN's main human rights body was a textbook illustration of the way the UN works.

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