I have suffered the loss of close family members, and, while I have gotten used to the passing of my loved ones, I have never gotten over it. Some days, it seems to me that the funerals of my parents, Aunts and Uncles, Nephew and close friends were just yesterday, and I am overwhelmed with…

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Jewish Hunter Of Mosquitos

This article was originally published in the Florida Jewish Journal, May 20th, 2019. Last week I bought an arsenal of guns, and I am now a hunter. I have three long barrel single action pump stock weapons and in just one week I have six confirmed kills and love the hunt. My weapons are salt…

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Chanukah Reconsidered

Chanukah? Every year we celebrate Chanukah without a lot of consideration of its larger message. Chanukah’s a fun holiday; but is there more to Chanukah than the relative fluff of giving gifts, playing with the dreidel and eating latkes? As it turns out, Chanukah speaks to our modern day American Jewish experience. Chanukah is all…

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Napa and Sonoma counties wild fires demonstrate a "love your neighbour" attitude.

JUDAISM BROUGHT TO LIFE. Last week I traveled to California and visited Napa and Sonoma counties. The trip touched me in many ways. Approximately 6 months ago, Napa and Sonoma counties were ablaze from an out of control wildfire that incinerated an area larger than New York City. The Devastation of a Fire Lingers Beyond…

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Sando Botticelli Painting

THE HOUSE OF HILLEL & THE HOUSE OF SHAMMAI Every Jew has heard the ancient stories of the Houses of Hillel and Shammai and their opposing views in the early codification of Jewish law. We learned that Rabbi Hillel and Rabbi Shammai disagreed on virtually everything.  They even disagreed about whether it was wrong to…

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