Seeking the Good Amidst a Rise in Hate

Every politician’s favorite feel-good line – oft-attributed to de Tocqueville, wrongly – is that “America is great because America is good.” Hillary Clinton cited it often during the campaign, to tell us a story about ourselves, to make voters attend to some aspiration supposedly growing native in our national character to prize liberty, justice, fairness,… Read more »

Advocacy with Ansche Chesed

Dear Friends, So much learning and so much advocacy are demanded of us, so that we can be both virtuous Jews and virtuous Americans, advancing the interests and values of our country and our people. As the saying goes, “now, more than ever.” No one political position has all the answers or resolves all questions.… Read more »


  Last Shabbat we read a parasha of death. Both Sarah and Abraham pass from the world in their ripe old ages, 127 and 175 respectively. And despite all the havoc Abraham wreaked upon his sons, Ishmael and Isaac, at last they join together to bury him lovingly in the cave at Machpela.   All… Read more »