Why We Need Free Preschools

This past Sunday reminded me why the Detroit Jewish community is special. In the morning, my wife, Joan, and I attended an AIPAC breakfast featuring Dennis Ross and James Woolsey.  Both speakers were amazing – and so was the turnout. … Read More

Death and Life Are in the Power of the Tongue (and Finger)

“Death and Life are in the power of the tongue.”  This quote comes from the book of Proverbs (18:21).   In today’s world, this quote may have been extended to include:  “Death and Life are in the power of the text … Read More

The Problematic Election and Our Children

Elie Wiesel said, “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, its indifference…” As a Head of a Jewish day school, I can … Read More

The Future Is in Our Memory

One of my favorite twentieth century Jewish thinkers is Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.  I found a poignant quote attributed to him as I read reflections in a  Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Mahzor (prayer book): “The authentic individual is neither … Read More

To Be Good: A Challenge As Simple As It Is Profound

As a response to my last blog several weeks ago, I have a challenge for each one of us. While we may not be able to change the often mean-spirited tone that permeates our society, especially during this election season, … Read More

The Theology of Hope: Embracing our Future on the Shoulders of our Past

If you are one who reads the news and is following the presidential primaries, then it is sadly easy to understand why so many people feel that we live in “the worst of all possible worlds!”  Much of the collective … Read More

You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught: A Response to Terrorism

In 1949, Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein won several Tony Awards for their blockbuster musical, South Pacific. However, it also drew its critics and controversy for it covered uncomfortable territory. Its romantic tension was based on interracial romance, a strong … Read More