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Author Fred Guttman

Fred Guttman is senior rabbi of Temple Emanuel in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Israel and served in an Israel combat unit in the 1980s.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad recently fired nearly 700 rockets from Gaza into Israel, aiming at civilian targets and killing four Israeli citizens. Such indiscriminate action does little to promote peace. […] Read More

The callous and brutal murder of 11 Jews at Shabbat services represents an unparalleled act of anti-Semitism against the American Jewish community. What should be our response? […] Read More

There are many different ways to approach what President Donald Trump did in terms of the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. What follows are some of the major issues that should be addressed by this action. Was it the right thing to do? The answer is, “Yes,” and here is why. […] Read More

How much do we really know about Jewish burials? What effect are they having on the environment? Is this an important conversation for us to have? A few things really struck me from Richard Conniff’s recent opinion piece in The New York Times, titled “This Is How I Want to Be Dead.” The author writes […] Read More

Twice a year the Holocaust is recognized and remembered through international observances. January 27 was chosen as International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the U.N. general assembly in 2005 because it is the anniversary of the liberation of the horrendous and unparalleled death camp, Auschwitz, in 1945. At Auschwitz, some 1.2 million people were murdered. Most […] Read More

In 2004, Ted Koppel, the host of “Nightline,” decided to devote the last 20 minutes of his program to reading the names of more than 700 soldiers who had died in Iraq. Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns the local ABC affiliate, refused to show the program. As rabbis at Temple Emanuel, Rabbi Andy Koren and […] Read More

Genesis 32 tells the story of Jacob, who wrestled all night with an angel and then received the new name of Israel. The word “Israel” literally means the man who “wrestles with an angel.” One of the most unique things about being Jewish is the fact that we are not afraid to “wrestle” with very […] Read More

When Jewish people escaped from Egypt, they saw the Pharaoh’s army descending upon them. Then the miracle occurred. They saw Pharaoh’s army drown in the sea. It was the seminal moment in the lives of those present and was to become the seminal moment in the lives of our people and the Jewish nation. In […] Read More

I recently taught an adult class on the topic of miracles.   In Judaism, some of the rabbis felt that miracles were supernatural events. Others, like Nachmanides, felt that miracles were natural occurrences and their timing made them special. In other words, when we needed such-and-such to happen, it happened.    Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch […] Read More

The National Socialist Movement, or Nazi Party, held a meeting in Greensboro, N.C., on Aug. 29. We responded with an advertisement in the paper, placed an online petition and wore ribbons in our congregations that weekend.   But now that the dust has settled, let us ask two questions about this incident.   First, why […] Read More