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A Prayer for Austin and Perry

We have all been thinking about Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, the two boys who went missing off the Florida coast last Friday. While some of us know the Stephanos and Cohen families personally, most of us just know about the boys from the media. 295 more words

Rabbi Andrew Jacobs

Non-Jews as seen in the Jewish Talmud:


This article was sent to me by brother Muhammad; may Allah Almighty always be pleased with him.

The Talmud is a sacred book of religious laws and regulations governing the life of Jews worldwide. 333 more words

Jewish Question

Shabbat Nachamu: If Only

This Shabbat is Shabbat Nachamu, the Shabbat of consolation. We, as a Jewish people, are supposed to be so bereft by the loss of the Temple in Jerusalem that even these many years later we need to be consoled. 443 more words


Israel's Valentine's Day, Tu B'Av, Marked With Five Animated Google Doodles

Tu B’Av was a minor Jewish holiday that marked the beginning of the grape harvest. Grapes, ergo wine, so it’s no surprise that the holiday became associated with love. 394 more words

What Torah Can Teach You About Parenting- Weekly Discourse July 31, 2015 15 Av 5775

It seems that of late I have found myself involved in many discussions about parenting with many friends and acquaintances.  As parents we all endure challenges when trying to guide our children successfully to adulthood.   1,792 more words

Weekly Discourses

How We Failed Faigy Mayer

My new blog post for The Times of Israel:

We failed Faigy Mayer.

Ms. Mayer, an ex-Chasidic Jew, committed suicide by leaping from a rooftop in Manhattan. 91 more words

Jewish Philosophy

Confronting terror on Tu B'Av

(This will be my sermon tonight)

The day that has passed was supposed to be a special day in the Jewish calendar.

We’re in the seven weeks of consolation after the commemoration of… 1,115 more words