Fake News vs. Truth a case of Goliath vs. David

Is Fake News vs. Truth a case of Goliath vs. David?
Once we knew one truth

Over forty years ago, Rabbi Richard N. Levy wrote a paragraph that entered the Gates of Prayer Siddur. I quoted from it in a sermon during the Clinton impeachment hearings that dealt with “what is truth”.

Once we learned one truth, and […]

crossover

through a sea of sound

Shabbat Shirah usually marks the beginning of Jewish Music Month. However, I’ve not seen any reference to it this year. Nonetheless, it is appropriate that this week marks the celebration of a significant anniversary in American Jewish music.

from חזן to opera star

The family in which I grew up was (to put […]

promise of dawn

hashachar

dark mornings

As the northern hemisphere moves deeper into winter with less light for each day, our mornings begin near dawn. This is a beautiful time of beginnings and promise. While the sounds we hear each morning are not those of birds chirping and children learning, but the clanking of men at work, even these call […]

6 on a scale of 1 to 10?

judge everyone, how?

In Pirke Avot 1:6, R. Joshua ben Perachiah says:

והוי דן את כל האדם לכף זכות

The phrase is variously translated as:

judge every man in the scale of merit
judge every man towards merit
Judge every person favorably
Give all individuals the benefit of the doubt
Judge the whole of a man to the side of merit

It is hard […]

keep those cards coming

changing technologies

Most people who know me understand that I am not averse to technological change. I have been interested in how communications technologies have been used and changed for many years. In June of 2010, I wrote about my involvement in the development of what I called “the electronic leaflet“. When I was in college […]

what would dad think?

polity not piety™

Yes, that’s a “trademark” symbol there. Why not? I continue to tell people that I came to the rabbinate out of “polity” not “piety”. My involvement was as a community organizer. A quick check on Google indicates that I’m nearly the only person to have used it… and, at that, significantly more frequently.

nathan […]

remembering pearls of music

this week Daniel Pearl would turn 46

Daniel Pearl was born on Shabbat Noah: October 10, 1964 = 4 Cheshvan 5725.

If, metaphorically speaking, all those animals (carnivores and herbivores) were able to coexist on the Ark why can’t we? And this week, when we learn that a new language has been found among a tiny group […]

it's very clear

our love is here to stay

While preparing a wedding drash for this past week I learned that Ira Gershwin channeled Isaiah 54:10 in this week’s haftarah portion.

Isaiah:

For the mountains may move
And the hills be shaken,
But my loyalty shall never move from you,
Nor My covenant of friendship be shaken

Gershwin:

In time the Rockies may tumble,
Gibraltar may crumble,
They’re […]

when?

“…whenever”

How often have we heard people respond in this way?

I’m always ready to go out and enjoy life. But, the daily alarm of the shofar in Elul reminds us to mix those pleasures, and that time is…

Lena Horne [from notes on the Idelsohn Society’s blog, to which I cannot link directly] sang this song […]

Let My People Go (Отпусти народ мой) [that they may serve me]!

a growing haggadah

A new edition of A Growing Haggadah (which is still available in its 2005 HTML version) has been printed. If you are interested in having a PDF version of the text to print and use (in whole or in part) at your Seder you can download it here.

A Growing Haggadah (for family use)
A […]