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  • October 3, 2016
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Civility (Derekh Eretz), Now More Than Ever

Shanah Tovah. You may or may not like it, but I promise this day I am not going to speak about the current presidential campaign; I mean, hasn’t enough been said already? And yet, I do want to wax nostalgic for a moment about a previous campaign, not that long ago. These days past presidential […]

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  • August 13, 2016
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Power To Make Good Choices

I am sure that many of us have been watching the Olympics. This year’s Olympics has had a historic first: a team of 10 athletes who are displaced persons from South Sudan, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Syria and are now together as members of the Refugee Olympic Team. As a team, the […]

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  • July 14, 2016
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This, Too, is Torah

This week NBC5 Chicago aired a segment on how they helped me convince Macy’s to stop harassing me for thousands of dollars of credit card charges that I never made. The bills started coming many months ago and countless time on the phone never solved the issue, despite repeated promises from the Macy’s representatives. I […]

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  • June 20, 2016
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Hebrew Can Save Your Life

Chaim Grade was a poet of the mid-twentieth century in Europe. The son of a Hebrew teacher, he received a religious and secular education. He became one of Lithuania’s greatest interpreters of Jewish literature. He fled the German invasion of Vilnius in World War II and sought refuge in the Soviet Union. Later he moved […]

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  • June 7, 2016
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A Report from the 2016 American Jewish Committee Global Forum

A story I heard yesterday from an Israeli journalist: A call goes out to all nations to find a way to take human beings to Mars. The United States announces a plan that will take thirty years, but it will bring a human mission to Mars and bring them home. The Israelis announce they can […]

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  • April 21, 2016
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Happy Passover Message

A Passover Message from Rabbi Edwin Goldberg An Arab chief tells a story of a spy who was captured and then sentenced to death by a general in the Persian army. This general had the strange custom of giving condemned criminals a choice between the firing squad and the big, black door. As the moment […]

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  • March 21, 2016
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A Report from AIPAC

A Report from AIPAC Rabbi Edwin Goldberg March 21, 2016 Washington, DC – I always figured this year’s conference would be electrified by the presence of presidential candidates in an election year. I had not considered the possibility that Donald J. Trump would be among the speakers. Nor would I have thought how quickly we […]

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  • March 19, 2016
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Why Failure is an Option

I’m told that in the islands of the South Seas there are certain fruits which cannot be eaten and there are some places which cannot be approached. Serious harm will come to anyone who violates these prohibitions, which are called taboos. Perhaps we believe that taboos exist only on these distant islands, but actually we […]

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  • February 29, 2016
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Israeli Paradoxes

I am writing this on Monday, February 29, a leap day and plot device in Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta, Pirates of Penzance.  In the story, Young Frederic is forced to be a pirate, but is allowed to give up this despicable occupation when he turns twenty-one.  However, when on his twenty-first birthday, he goes to […]

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  • December 18, 2015
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I Believe in the God of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Do You?

Unless you have been camping out on the planet Alderon you probably know a new Star Wars movie was released today. There is a small amount of hype. A long time ago, in a movie multiplex not so far away, a child looked up and asked: “Mom, Dad, is the Force the same thing as […]

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