We All Have Power to Bridge Divisions

We All Have Power to Bridge Divisions

A young Jewish girl timidly walked up to the mosque and asked to speak with the imam. I was dressed in gym clothes and a cap doing yard work around the Islamic center. I guess I did not look the part. “I am the imam,” I said, laughing. She handed me an envelope with...
That Wasn’t Kosher …

That Wasn’t Kosher …

Jews aren’t allowed to eat pork, right? The command forbidding it is found in Leviticus 11:7 and Deuteronomy 14:8. Both note that even though the pig has “cloven hooves” like cattle or sheep, it doesn’t “chew the cud,” so it was considered unclean. Deuteronomy wasn’t...
Lag B’Omer What?

Lag B’Omer What?

We all saw the sad news from Israel last Thursday (April 29) when 45 people were crushed to death and 150 others injured during a Lag B’Omer festival in Meron, a town in upper Galilee, about 18 miles northwest of Capernaum. An estimated 100,000 people had gathered for...