What’s Next? Part Two: Fasten Your Seat Belts

What’s Next? Part Two: Fasten Your Seat Belts

During the course of the next few decades, I see some sort of non-denominational or even interfaith entrepreneurial conveners/ritualists/community organizers/healers taking the place of rabbis (though some ordained rabbis might indeed embrace this new role as well,...

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New Year?

New Year?

I have a confession to make. As we count down the final days of 2019, I have never felt that January 1st is my new year. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the whole calendar thing and will change the date of the few checks I write these days. However, perhaps because I...

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“Mai” Chanukah?

“Mai” Chanukah?

When I was growing up, like most (if not all) of you reading this, I was told that the reason we celebrate Chanukah was that the single cruse of oil the Maccabees found when they regained the Temple somehow lasted for eight days. The so-called miracle of the oil! It...

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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Though my grandmother lived her entire adult life of more than 50 years in this country, in many respects, her worldview was that of a pious woman whose days were determined by the Jewish calendar. Every Thursday morning, for example, the newspapers were taken off the...

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Rabbi

Rabbi

The word “rabbi” is actually made up of two Hebrew words—“master” and “my”—so when you call someone “rabbi” you are literally referring to that person as “my master.” Before you get turned off and think this has something to do with slavery, master, in this sense, was...

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On Becoming a Thought Leader: The Five L’s

On Becoming a Thought Leader: The Five L’s

A friend of mine who is a prominent business consultant says that if one goes into a bookstore and looks for the titles in the Chemistry section, they will find only a few books as everyone knows what chemistry is and is not; besides, chemistry has not changed much in...

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Are you Thriving or merely surviving

Are you Thriving or merely surviving

Are you thriving or merely surviving? In my latest book, BeyondSurvival, I make an outlandish proposal. That in spite of all the signs to the contrary—growing world-wide anti-Semitism, assimilation, shrinking demographics, synagogue and Day School closings, loss of...

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Annexation ?

Annexation ?

Okay, there are so many levels at which to deal with Bibi’s latest stunt. The simplest is to chalk it off to election posturing, trying to eat into Lieberman’s supporters by going further right. I suspect that is his primary motivation. After all, he is...

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being a loyal jew

being a loyal jew

Much has been written in these past couple of weeks since President Trump’s outrageous charge that one cannot be a Democrat and a loyal Jew. I do not want to get into that. He’s been told. When I was growing up in the previous century (sounds crazy to say that) my...

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