The Fire Now

Barbarians at the gates of Paris.

Invisible Worlds

My grandfather believed that our world is a manifestation of an invisible world. As a computer scientist, so do I.

Sukkot: After the Deluge

Everything in life was firmly established: career, family, friends. Then came Katrina.

Exodus from Rita

As we drove for hours to get out of Houston, we were hoping for a miracle.

For God's Sake

The challenge of our age: not to desecrate God's holy name with acts that profane all that He stands for.

My Modem Speaks

Sometimes speed can make things slower.

Refugees from the Storm

Picking up the pieces in Katrina's aftermath.


Love's missing ingredient.


Successful relationships are built on making the needs and pain of others as real as our own.

London Calling

Europeans are not about to start singing, "We are all Israelis now," any time soon.

Terror In London

Yesterday terror arrived on our doorstep. Like Israelis, now I, too, must worry about getting on a train or my son taking a bus to school.

Tomorrow's Promises

If I have learned nothing else through my 16-year-old daughter's death, it is that you can never tell your children enough times how much you love them.

For Just One Week

What would you like to do for just one week?

The Age of Innocence

What kind of memories do we want our children to have?

She Just Doesn't Get It

The essential outrage of "Holocaust on Your Plate" was not that it injured feelings, but rather that it equated human beings with cows, pigs and chickens.

Honoring the 5th

Why our family doesn't do Mother's Day.

You're On the Air!

Imagine how careful you'd be if those around you were watching, listening, and analyzing your every word. Guess what? They probably are.

The Death of Terri Schiavo: An Epilogue

Blurring the line between life and death, and between medical data and morality, her death signifies a disturbing turning point for American society.

My MS Attitude

I lost my job, I'm a quadriplegic, and I'm the luckiest man in the world.

Hunting for Rainbows

She was terminally ill with no possibility for cure. Her husband insisted we do everything possible to keep her alive. I couldn't help wondering: Did we launch her into some painful, hellish limbo?

Urban Sprawl

Environmental preservation has been part of Jewish tradition for 3,300 years.

Almost Normal

I always considered "being normal" the most important quality in a person. Then I had a baby with Down syndrome.

Taking Back Nature: A Reflection

Every so often, we are reminded that we are not the conquerors, but trustees.

Reacting to the Tsunami

A spiritual response to disaster.

To Everything There is a Season

When confronted with evil, it's the time to fight - and to counteract with kindness.

UN Scandal (Yawn)

Kofi Annan is a symptom of the UN's sickness.

Darfur: Never Again?

As Jews, we have an increased moral obligation to respond, to speak out and take action.

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.


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.

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