Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Real Reason for the Focus on Palestine

With the news that Gaza is exporting aid to Somalia, one wonders why so much emphasis is put on getting aid TO Gaza. Obviously, if a people are starving, they are not in a position to export aid. Of course, a UN envoy to Gaza recently said there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. So WHY all the aid flotillas… (more…)

Unplugging for Shabbat

It seems that everywhere you turn in the Jewish world these days, there’s always someone extolling the virtues of “unplugging for the sabbath”. In other words, no electricity or at least no communications this one day of the week. The writer will invariably talk about how freeing this action is and how sacred it makes this day for them. For… (more…)

What’s the Use of Praying?

God, to me, is Ein Sof. God is unfathomable, incomprehensible… the sum of all creation and then some. There are two ways in which God limits Himself: he doesn’t violate natural law and he doesn’t violate free will. So, God doesn’t micromanage our lives. He isn’t our celestial waiter. He isn’t sitting around waiting for us to ask Him for… (more…)

Religious Politicians

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the head of the Union of Reform Judaism, wrote an insightful article about needing religious politicians. Most people would roll their eyes at that, but I can see where he is coming from. In the US, we have politicians who try to cram the Bible down your throat, exclude other religions, etc. Yet, at the same time,… (more…)