Diaspora Need Not Apply


There is a fantastic oped in the NY Times from Alana Newhouse, the editor in chief of Tablet Magazine (which I really enjoy). There is a bill before the Israeli Knesset that may radically change Israel. That bill would give the ultra-orthodox power to say who is Jewish and who isn’t. This would destroy the […]

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Moishe House in the NY Times


As I have written before I’m on the board of Moishe House foundation. The New York Times just profiled them in a wonderful write-up. Here is a snippet: REBECCA KARP, Brian Cohen, Danielle Hardoon and Alissa Worly, all of whom are in their 20s, share a spacious red-brick house in Philadelphia. It rents for $3,200 […]

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Moishe House


I’m on the board of directors of a wonderful organization called Moishe House. This is the only organization I am on the board of and I feel very strongly about it. There is a real crisis in the Jewish world, in which young people are turning away from synagogues and organized religion and the way […]

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Human Rights, A Contrast


President Barack Obama recently went to China. The New York Times wrote an article on how he skirted Chinese sensibilities especially on human rights issues. Here is a snippet: Whether by White House design or Chinese insistence, President Obama has steered clear of public meetings with Chinese liberals, free press advocates and even average Chinese […]

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Food and Health Care


Th New York Times Magazine has a wonderful article on chef Jamie Oliver and his mission to have people cook their own food and be healthier. I highly recommend you read the article and came away incredibly impressed with Jamie Oliver, what a great guy. If we as a country really want to tackle health […]

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Norman Borlaug, R.I.P.


There have been many obituaries written in the last week for the great scientist, Norman Borlaug, who according to some estimates saved the lives of 1 billion people. By developing new strains of crops that were resistant to disease and teaching poor third world farmers modern agriculture techniques, Mr. Borlaug was a big part of […]

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A Broken Heart


I signed up for Rabbi Simon Jacobson’s 60 Day Journey to the High Holy Days (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) email list. I get an email every day to prepare me spiritually and mentally for this Jewish New Year and the Yom Kippur. The emails have been amazing, but none better than today’s email. Here […]

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