Director's Blog

Shavuot and Simchat Torah

Shavuot is called "Hag Matan Torateinu"; meaning the Festival of the Reception of the Torah - yet we have a separate holiday (coming up) called the Festival of the Rejoicing in the Torah. Does that mean we did not rejoice when God first gave Moses the Torah? Keep in mind I'm using the Torah …

Sukkot and our day-to-day lives

Former NY Mayor Ed Koch once related an anecdote from the time he was a circuit judge. A case came in front of his bench in which a person was complaining that his neighbor was adding an unauthorized structure to his (the neighbors) balcony. The defendant explained that the structure was a S…

Ten Days of Awe?

The ten days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are called "Aseret Yamim HaNorayim", usually translated as "The Ten Days of Awe", referring to the awe inspired by G-d that culminates in the closing of the Book of Life at the end of Yom Kippur. It implies that during nthose ten days we stan…

Yom Kippur and Cancel Culture

We keep hearing a lot in the Media and in Academic papers about what has come to be referred to as “Cancel Culture”, meaning the removal from the table of civil discussion of all those who express disagreement with the accepted Orthodoxy(ies) of Academic life. It has spilled into the gen…

The Big Bang, Torah, and Leadership

These days, the consensus in the scientific community is that our Universe began with the Big Bang. From an initial energy, the Universe exploded into all kind of particles, which eventually coalesced into atoms, and the atoms into molecules, and the molecules into compounds, and from there …