A Vote for Cordoba House: A Mosque at Ground Zero?

Should a mosque be built in the immediate vicinity of Ground Zero? A very vocal organized opposition argues no, absolutely not.  And they’ve caught the media’s eye, grabbing headlines, airtime on national networks, and links on major home pages for the better part of a month.  I don’t know about you, but it sure seemed to me that all the fuss might […]

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Parsha Ki Tavo: Time Will Tell

Dedicated to my sons:  Jacob and Benjamin Before they both ran off to college and abandoned me, my sons and I occasionally used to pass the time watching sports on TV.  Since I’m such a maven about everything sports, they sometimes couldn’t resist asking my expert opinion about certain very important things.  “Do you think such-and-such will make the hall of fame?” […]

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Pluralism: Conservative Judaism’s Greatest Strength

This morning’s departure from our usual format affords the opportunity to highlight the finest aspect of Conservative Judaism. I speak of pluralism. The fact that we are an egalitarian congregation in no way diminishes the value of the traditional format of prayer. In the Conservative Movement, the two formats are equally valid. Which to use, is a matter of preference for each […]

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Parashat Va'et'hanan

There’s a memorable moment in last year’s offering from the brilliant Coen brothers, “A Serious Man.”  Terrible things are happening to Larry Gopnick, and he can’t figure out why.  He’s a good man, a serious man.  He’s brought his shlub of a brother to live with his family, and he gives him much more respect than he deserves.  Gopnick’s kids are selfish […]

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