Category Archives: Faith

Divide Over Kotel Prayer Highlights Racism of Palestinian Authority and Muslim Waqf

Jewish communities might be fighting about fair access to the Kotel, but what is missing from the discussion is Jewish use of holy places in Jerusalem. The Muslim Waqf and…

The Economics of Generosity: A Homeless Man’s Advice to Restaurateurs

Cross Posted from HuffingtonPost.com If you want your restaurant to prosper, give free food to the homeless. This is according to the anecdotal evidence put forward by my homeless friend…

Thou Shalt Unplug Thyself – Reboot Your Week On Shabbat

Unplugging from the wired world sounds ideal, but impossible. We have never been more connected than we are now, and taking a break even for a nano-second can seem unconscionable….

Rose Bowl Rabbinic Rivalry

When Oregon and Ohio State take the field tomorrow in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl, there will be more going on than meets the eye. Enter Rabbi Drew Kaplan, newly…

My wedding speech at Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s wedding

I wish the newly-wed couple mazal and bracha. And while I was not asked to perform the wedding (the venerable Rabbi Haskel Lookstein had that honor) I figured that I…

17 of Tammuz and Healing the Planet

Today is the 17th of Tammuz – historically a Fast Day, and day of introspection and mourning. From OU.org “The 17th day in the Jewish month of Tammuz, Jews the…