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Davar Torah on my brother Robert’s yahrzeit

June 28, 2019


This is a Davar Torah or sermon (click on link) I gave at Park Slope Jewish Center during Shabbat morning services on June 22, 2019, which was my brother Robert’s 26th yahrzeit (death anniversary) on the Jewish calendar. I gave a shorter version of the same talk at AltShul two weeks earlier.

Brooklyn: Three Jewish talks this week – New York NY |

May 3, 2013


On each of the first three days of the coming week there will be a talk by guest speakers on Jewish topics in East Midwood and Park Slope: Brooklyn: Three Jewish talks this week – New York NY |

Judaica: Rube Goldberg like robotic Hanukkah menorah lighter

December 4, 2012


  Technion students design a Rube Goldberg like devise that lights a hanukkiah.     via  

Jewish books: Kin by Dror Burstein

November 20, 2012


“Kinship is a central theme in Israeli writer Dror Burstein’s novel Kin, which is published today in Dalya Bilu’s English translation by Dalkey Archive Press. The book portrays the inner life of Yoel, a senior citizen, widower, and adoptive father who decides to find his adult son Emile’s biological parents and reunite him with them.” […]

Make your own shofar at Columbia University

September 4, 2012


Make your own shofar at Columbia University

"Learn the entire process of creating a Kosher Shofar from the cooking to the final polishing (sorry we will not be hunting live rams)."

Arthur Green on Abraham Joshua Heschel and Hasidism

January 15, 2012


Rabbi Jeff Marker’s synopsis of Arthur Green’s talk on Abraham Joshua Heschel and Hasidism. “For Heschel the most significant mitzvot are Feeding the poor, ending war, marching with MLK. These are spiritual acts, not just political. These are the acts for which we were created.   “Heschel’s God was very personal, but we must do […]

On otherness, ethnic and racial identity from a Jewish perspective

November 10, 2011


An interesting and engaging blog post from last March on otherness, ethnic and racial identity: Passing for White: Other-ness and Judaism  

Davar Torah Shabbat Ra’eh

August 27, 2011


  This morning I delivered a Davar Torah on Parashat Ra’eh, the weekly Torah portion, at Park Slope Jewish Center in Brooklyn. My talk’s sources include Deuteronomy 11:26 -12:28, Max Vogelstein’s book “Fertile Soil: A Political History of Israel Under the Divided Kingdom,” and “A Homily on Political Messianism,” a blog post by my American-Israeli […]

Two videos on the Jewish origins of Palestinian Muslims

July 17, 2011


Boy donates bar mitzvah money to help ‘Liberty’ musical make it to Broadway

April 7, 2011


Boy donates bar mitzvah money to help ‘Liberty’ musical make it to Broadway Joanna Molloy Wednesday, April 6th 2011, 4:00 AM   Adams for News Jesse Naranjo (c.) stands with his mother Rachel, father Rodrigo, and sister Sophia. He donated all of his bar mitzvah money.     Read the entire article on “A […]