When I was in elementary school one of the dates we all memorized was 1492. The year Columbus sailed west from Spain and discovered America.
Based on the outrage you would be forgiven for concluding that a serious crime has been committed.
There is much gnashing of teeth and howls of outrage.
Recently the CEO of the French company Orange announced that he wanted his company to stop doing business in Israel.
The 2015 Jerusalem Light Show is happening this week.
It didn’t take long for the wannabes to claim the mantle of daring journalism. It seems it took only a few hours until the saying Je Suis Charlie showed up on Twitter and tee shirts.
This week’s parasha ends with Yosef in prison.
He’s been a model prisoner and has been put in charge of all the other prisoners.
Then Paro gets angry with his chief butler and chief baker and throws them into the same prison with Yosef.
One night the butler and baker have dreams that leave them troubled.
It’s easy to detect the competition between Rachel and Leah for Yaakov’s affections in Parashat Vayeitze.
Though Yaakov married both sisters, it’s clear that Rachel was his favorite.
The modern State of Israel continues to struggle with its identity.
Is this a Jewish State or a state where some Jews happen to live?
I’ve seen two manifestations of this problem already this week.
It was the Shabbat after Rosh HaShana. I was at shul for mincha. And because it was a bright, sunny day most of the lower windows in the shul were open.
It was time to take out the Sefer Torah. I stood and moved towards the ark.
As I did I heard an odd noise over my left shoulder.
When I first heard the idea my reaction was very negative.
We like to think of ourselves as rational beings.
We think about what we are doing.
We weigh the options and then we act.
However, a Duke University researcher claims that more than 40% of the things you and me do each day are not rational decisions.