Israel & Overseas

Tolerance Trumps Hate

Dear Friends:

We can no longer dismiss the constant flow of outrageous statements made by Donald Trump as he pursues the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Mr. Trump's uncensored rhetoric has gained him attention, criticism and support. This time he has gone too far…

United In Mourning

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, and its Jewish Community Relations Council, offers our most sincere condolences to the people of France and President Hollande. In Tel Aviv, former President of Israel, Shimon Peres, addressed the rally in French with these words, "Nous sommes tous…

Thoughts on Turning 70


Dear Friends:

In "As You Like It", Shakespeare has Jaques recite a famous monologue on the ages of man: a mewling, puking infant, whining schoolboy, amorous lover, devoted soldier, wise judge, second childhood, and then death. How very different from our own tradition's listing of the ag…

Habbits of the Heart: Thoughts on the Parasha & Interpersonal Relationships


Dear Friends:

This week I put up the first photo that I have ever placed on Facebook of the SOLD sign on my house of 38 years in Westville.  Within a day or two, I have had more than 200 friends “like” the picture and a large number of very lovely comments that truly lifted my spiri…

On Moral Courage


Dear Friends:

"As to moral courage, I have very rarely met with the two o'clock in the morning kind. I mean unprepared courage that is necessary on an unexpected occasion, and which, in spite of the most unforeseen events, leaves full freedom of judgment and decision."  The author of hi…