As one with a great deal of respect, admiration, and gratitude toward veterans, I cannot help but feel that there are other veterans in society, specifically Jewish society, who are far too often taken for granted and unfortunately underappreciated and overlooked. Unlike the veterans we hopefully bring to heart and mind every November 11th, these underappreciated and overlooked veterans were […]


Last week marked the Shloshim observance of the revered Rabbi Moshe Tendler, who departed this world on September 28th at the age of 95. Rabbi Tendler was a veritable giant among Orthodox Jewry in this country. I was privileged to find myself at the same table for lunch with Rabbi Tendler back in the late ’80s, at a conference dealing […]


At first, I thought it was a friend/congregant sending me a spoof article to provide me with a chuckle to start my day. Any Group called the Goyim Defense League is at best fodder for Monte Python depicting an indignant and irate Jew venting his wrath at the leadership of the Goyim Defense League – henceforth to be referred to […]


Let me be charitable. Gina Peddy, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Carrol ISD in Southlake may have been misquoted, taken out of context, or possibly not have realized what she was saying when she advised teachers that if they had a book about the Holocaust in the classroom, they should also have a book in their classroom with […]


By Rabbi Shawn B. Zell Memorials are great “sanitizers”, especially when it comes to the Holocaust. As incredible as it sounds, Holocaust memorials go one step further than the Torah. “Our hands did not shed this blood” proclaim the elders who live closest to where our corpse has been found (Deuteronomy 21:7). Holocaust Memorials proclaim that while we bear no […]

Elections and Selections by Rabbi Zell

Voting patterns aside – for decades, close to 80% of Jews in this country have typically voted for one political party over the other – election day ought to have a greater significance among our people than just about any other group in this nation. For those of us with a modicum of knowledge of the Tana’ch (all 24 books […]


Although it has been 20 years since the younger of my two children entered college as a freshman, it was more than with a modicum of interest, that I read about Lori Loughlin (an actress that I had never heard of) being sentenced to two months in prison for her recent role in a College Admission Scandal. Ms. Loughlin, at […]