Pharoah’s State of the Union Address

My fellow Egyptians.  Today marks my State of Egypt Address.  A long standing tradition dating back to the beginning of the Middle Kingdom. It is great to see everyone!  And I mean that literally after just experiencing those three days of darkness.  But we managed to get the lights back on, and the sun is [...]

By | January 18th, 2016|

Gun Zu Litova

What does the Torah say about gun control?  Not much, considering that guns were not invented until thousands of years after the Torah, but the Torah does mention the invention of weapons.Tuval Kayin was the first sharpener of copper and iron instruments which Rashi tells us were used as weapons for murderers.  So the first [...]

By | January 11th, 2016|

Pharaoh and Bill Clinton

Jerry Seinfeld has a great routine about one of the most famous Rashis in the Torah found in this week's parshah.Never liked the check at the end of the meal system, because money's a very different thing before and after you eat. Before you eat money has no value. And you don't care about money [...]

By | December 31st, 2015|

Yosef and the GOP Debate

Immigration has always been a hot issue.  A country's immigration policy impacts both the security and the economy of that country.  These are considerations that are debated today, and they were debated in ancient Egypt.In this week's parshah Yosef has the difficult task of arranging for his brothers' visas to Egypt.  With a famine ravaging [...]

By | December 16th, 2015|

Hanukah or Chanukah? Big Difference!

President Barack Obama and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz both released statements wishing the American Jewish community a happy holiday.Obama wished us a happy Hanukah.Cruz wished us a happy Chanukah. The Washington Post published a piece by David Bernstein contrasting the two messages.According to Bernstein, President Obama's message spoke to the "culturally Jewish, universalist, theologically liberal, [...]

By | December 14th, 2015|

review of Naftali Bennett event last night

Last night we hosted Naftali Bennett at Beth Tfiloh Congregation.  It was an extraordinary evening.  Over 1,000 people from our community came to Beth Tfiloh to hear this leader of Israel and the Jewish people.  The crowd had many young faces, including 250 students from all over North America and Israel who are currently being [...]

By | December 4th, 2015|