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Fred Guttman

In Jewish tradition, Elijah often appears in the guise of an old beggar. The legend says if we treat beggars kindly, the world is deemed ready for peace. Did Elijah visit us and we didn’t notice him? When will we be ready for peace? […] Read More

Born in Russia in the 1920s, Yevgeniy Yudin endured countless hardships yet persevered until he and his family immigrated to the US. In this time of discord about immigration, it is incumbent to remember stories such as Yevgeniy’s. […] Read More

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

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 taught that […] Read More