And We have Newspaper People…

Hamas did the right thing. This past Sunday, it reneged on an agreement that would have permitted 37 young war orphans from Gaza, ages 13 through 16 to participate in a carefully scripted and agreed upon visit to Israel. In addition to stopping at a Safari Park near Ramat Gan, the tour would have included a visit to the Arab […]

I Cannot Believe

The other week, while stepping out of an elevator at a Nursing Home, a senior resident greeting me with: Do you believe in Christmas? “I have great respect for Christmas,” I answered, hoping to skirt the issue. “But do you believe in Christmas?” persisted the senior. “No, I don’t” I answered. Aside from the Immaculate Conception and the virgin birth, […]

Home for the Holidays

December 8th, 1974, Rabbi Avraham Shemtov, a veteran Chabad Shaliach, the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s representative in Philadelphia, inaugurated a public lighting of a giant menorah at the foot of Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell. What was the Rebbe thinking? If Chanukah is the third most widely observed Jewish holiday after Passover and Yom Kippur, then wouldn’t Rabbi Shemtov’s efforts, energies and expenses be […]


Forgive me for sounding chutzpadik, but I can’t help but feel that when it comes to reparations from WWII, we Jews are on the wrong track. Last week, representatives for Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer Francais, France’s state-owned railway company, more commonly known as SNCF agreed to pay Holocaust survivors $100,000 along with tens of thousands of dollars to […]

The Sounds of Tiferet

I’m not sure how many of you realize this, but The Sounds of Broadway which will ring loud and clear here at Tiferet in a little more than a month’s time is really a misnomer. Granted, there will be any number of fabulous songs that will jog our memories and perhaps even tear at our hearts, but what will be […]