There is a huge gap between the ideal world and the real world. It is easy to lose hope, to give up, to let the broken pieces of the tablets stay broken. It is difficult to overcome defeat and disillusionment. But, like Moses, we need to rally our strength and seek a restored set of tablets.
The Bible has a singular vision for Jews and humanity. Beginning with the unprecedented declaration in the first chapter of Genesis that all people are created in God’s Image (Genesis 1:26–27), the Torah and prophets present a program for Israel and humanity that can bring about a redeemed, harmonious, religious-ethical world.
Although she was fully and personally aware of human viciousness and cruelty, Simone Veil wanted very much to believe in the ultimate victory of a righteous, compassionate and humane society. “I am convinced that there will always be men and women, of all origins and in all countries, capable of doing what is right and just." We post this article in connection with International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27.
Rabbi Marc Angel writes on the teachings of four great rabbinic thinkers of the modern period. Two are Sephardic, two are Ashkenazic, and all four belong to the best in rabbinic leadership.
“Then sang Moshe and the children of Israel…I will sing to God…” A crowd, a nation, with each individual voice singing its own song…together and apart.
Rabbi Hayyim Angel offers words of tribute in memory of Stephen Neuwirth.
The Song of the Sea is the biblical paradigm for the praise of God and provides a literary model for the organization of Pesukei de-Zimra. Like Shirat ha-Yam, Pesukei de-Zimra begins with an appreciation of God’s greatness and concludes with the contemplation of His holiness.
Zina Schiff, a concert violinist, has performed and recorded on five continents. Her first recording was the solo violin score for MGM's The Fixer, and a major focus of her 16 CDs is classical Jewish music. This article appears in issue 28 of Conversations, the journal of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals. It was reprinted in issue 35 of Conversations.
In a world where “alternative facts” and “alternative narratives” are pervasive, the moral fiber of society is seriously compromised. The only guarantee for human freedom and peace is a commitment to truth.
The United States will be marking January 15 in memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, an eloquent spokesman for civil rights who was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Dr. King's career was marked by sincere concern for the rights of Jews and the State of Israel. Here are some of his statements, as documented in an article on Aish.com.