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Politicized Tisha B’Av sermons won’t save Israel

July 25, 2023

What is arguably the most often cited lesson of Jewish history can be boiled down to two words: sinat chinam or “baseless hatred.” The reference is to the tragic events that took place in the besieged city of Jerusalem in the year 70 C.E. as a Roman army prepared to destroy both Jewish independence and Judaism’s sacred […]

The Madoff Scandal and American Jewry

May 31, 2009

Before December 11, 2008, few Americans had ever heard of Bernard L. Madoff. Madoff had been managing billions of dollars for investors who believed they were beating the market with the steady gains he reported. The profits, however, were illusory. There was only a decades-long scam in which the “returns” of early clients were paid […]