Archive for November, 2009

Anti-Semitism in Europe and threats to the West

November 30, 2009 Comments off

My Thanksgiving sermon spoke of how blessed we Jews are here in America.  And we are truly blessed!  But it is important to remember that Jews in other countries don’t have it as good as we do:  Anti-Semitism in Europe: New prejudice fans flames of the oldest hatred (Haaretz 11/27/09)

It is also important to remember the threats Western civilization faces these days.  This article from Thomas Friedman is a must read: America vs. The Narrative (New York Times 11/28/09)

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My Thanksgiving sermon

November 30, 2009 Comments off

“Ivanka Trump’s First Empire Turkey”

This was a historic Thanksgiving for American Jews … a “first” took place. Ivanka Trump had her first Empire Turkey for Thanksgiving … and I only hope she didn’t get the piece that had the metal tag on it!

Last month’s marriage of beautiful Ivanka Trump – daughter of “the Donald,” to Jared Kushner, a member of a prominent Modern-Orthodox Jewish family, was big news for all. Ivanka converted for the love of her life, and taking on her Hebrew name made this the marriage of “when Yoel met Yael.” New York newspapers and bloggers across the country gave every detail they could get their hands on regarding Ivanka’s conversion, her wedding dress, the invitation and the affair itself … and all of it was fully in keeping with Orthodox Jewish tradition. Her conversion was a real one; the rabbi who officiated at the conversion and marriage is a friend and colleague whom I admire, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, and who is respected by all for his integrity. Her wedding dress had long sleeves. The invitation had one side in English and one side in Hebrew.

When you think about it, it’s really quite remarkable: a woman with one of the best known American names traded it in, going from Trump to Kushner. READ MORE

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A Thanksgiving blessing

November 25, 2009 Comments off

Best wishes for a most enjoyable Thanksgiving, blessed with a sense of awareness of all the things we have to be thankful for:

“Food, Kin and Tension at Thanksgiving”, New York Times (Nov. 23, 2009)

“20 Advances to be Thankful For”, The Wall Street Journal (Nov. 23, 2009)

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Issues confronting Israel

November 25, 2009 Comments off
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Children are not born crazy

November 24, 2009 Comments off
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Preparing for Thanksgiving

November 20, 2009 Comments off

It is time to start preparing for Thanksgiving … and I’m not talking about the food:

“Duck! It’s the Holidays”, New York Times (Nov. 18,. 2009)

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Day School graduate makes it big

November 18, 2009 Comments off

Read about the latest Jewish day school graduate to make it big — and he’s a graduate of the Beth Tfiloh Day School!

“Deputy at Time Magazine to Be BusinessWeek Editor”, New York Times (Nov. 17, 2009)