Joseph Soloveitchik … Partially Correct

If you read the title and didn’t immediately move on to the next blog, had one of the three responses … Who in the world was/is Joseph Solevethcik? Has Tzedakah Ministries moved to the other side? Huh … Why should I bother reading this one? Let me answer in reverse order: (1) Give it a…

Vacuum of Leadership 

The other day while the chaos of Charlottesville was in the height of its disruption, I went to Twitter to see what some of the “failed” presidential candidates were saying about the issue of the day. For we all know they had to be thinking one of two things — “glad I am not having…

Melanin & the Imago Dei

The racial strife which has erupted around the United States over the last few months is heartbreaking. Watching the scenes of protests and counter-protests over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, are something that I thought impossible in this country in the 21st century. However, and alas, our nation appears to be at a tipping point…

A Spiritual Dunkirk…

Today I went to see the movie Dunkirk. A movie that while not perfect as either as cinema or history will shake you to the core with its recounting of courage, heartbreak and the beginning of ultimate victory against the Nazis in World War II. For while most Americans know little of this battle (unless…

Jayden K. Smith & the American Church

By now you have heard about the “Jayden K. Smith Hoax” that has “infected” (pardon the pun) Facebook. There was a widespread rumor that if you accepted a friend request from “Jayden K. Smith” that your Facebook account would be hacked and all sorts of horrible things would happen. This was all a lie! You…

Why Are We Afraid of the Word … HELL?

I buried a precious, dear, sweet friend today. She lived to an advanced age. She was surrounded by children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. She was also a Holocaust survivor.  She had survived hell on earth when a train car took her to the gates of Auschwitz. However, I just don’t know where she is now… …

Blessed with a Burden

There is a scene in the movie Freedom Writers that sticks with me. A father is talking to his teacher daughter and says to her, “You have been blessed with a burden.”  The imperfect movie is based upon the imperfect life of an imperfect teacher who sought to do the impossible – teach inner-city high school…

Praise You in This Storm…

One of my favorite Christian groups is Casting Crowns. Their songs and lyrics speak to my soul on a personal level. The last couple months one song in particular has been a balm to my soul … “Praise You in This Storm” http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=WDK7KLNX For the last couple of months have been stormy, typhoon-like. However, God…

The Holy Spirit & Shavuot/Pentecost

We are in the midst of celebrating the holiday of Shavuot/Pentecost. It is one of the greatest of all the Jewish holidays for a multitude of reasons. However, I am going to get very personal and share with you what has been revealed to me over the last few weeks regarding the presence of the…

The Only Normal Human Being…

C. S. Lewis in the foreword to his friend’s Joy Davidman work Smoke on the Mountain: An Interpretation of the Ten Commandments writes a most unusual statement: In a sense the converted Jew is the only normal human being in the world. To him, in the first instance, the promises were made, and he has availed…