Jewish Voices, Jewish Lives

It’s what we do every day. Whether it’s the food we favor…a bagel with shmear… or the drive to repair the world…tikkun olam, we Jews are there, especially in Rockland County. We plan to bring Doing Jewish to you every Friday. Sometimes it’ll be fun, sometimes it’ll be serious.

More in Common

Last year at this time, I wrote about my commitment to learn more about the experience of African Americans, and to develop a better understanding of the history of our friends and neighbors. One of the things I researched was the evolution of Juneteenth celebrations, first in Texas, then in…

You Don’t Want To Miss This!

I’ve been privileged to hear from great speakers on Israel and Jewish issues for many years. Listening to Avital Sharansky speak in 1984 about her husband Natan (then Anatoly) imprisoned in the Soviet Gulag got me started on a lifetime of activism and advocacy in the Jewish world. I’ve l…

Expect to give what you expect to get

Hillel said, "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor, that is the entire Torah, the rest is just commentary, now go and study." Shabbat 31a

The passage above is familiar to many Jews, and it is a self-explanatory interpretation of the famous passage - Love your neighbor as yours…

What makes you weep for joy?

I can remember it very well. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon in May 1991, as I left work in Toronto - I was teaching 7th grade English at the time at a yeshiva - it was a Friday, and I was headed home. I turned right out of the parking lot, then left, and that's when I heard it. 

A repo…

The greatest failure in world history

I hope that I caught your attention with that title.

No, I’m not talking about the collapse of communism in 1989, or the sinking of the Titanic, or even the drawn out strategic defeat of the Crusaders in the 12th and 13th centuries. 

And I’m definitely not talking about Bill Buckner l…