Lecture Topics

  • Israel and Netanyahu, Abbas and Hamas: There Must Be Jewish Settlements As Part of Any Settlement
  • Israel’s Security Partition — The Wall: Fencing Terrorists In or Fencing Judea-Samaria Out?
  • Understanding Religious Issues in Israel
  • Making Sense of the Presidential Candidates – and Their Stands on Jewish Issues
  • Understanding Issues in Holocaust Litigation – Seeking Justice through the Courts on: War-Time Enslavement, European Insurers’ Bad Faith, and Nazi Confiscation of Jewish Assets
  • The Very Strange Case of American Jewish History
  • How You Got Here; Why Your Parents Settled Where They Did; Why Jews Became Denominated As We Have; and Other Interesting Baggage You Inherited
  • “Nor Shall a Dog Whet Its Tongue” / “And I Shall Execute Judgment Against Their Gods”
  • A Fascinating Rabbinic Examination of Two Curious Torah Verses Relating to the Passover Exodus . . . and What These Curiosities Tell Us About the Torah and Our Relationship to G-d
  • All Who Need May Come in and Eat
  • Examining our Deeper Attitudes Towards Judaism and to the Jews Around Us: Are Our Homes Really Open to Those Who Need to Visit?
  • The Toughest Challenge in American Jewish Social Life: On Raising Teens with Jewish Values in the Age of Jackson [Janet and Michael, that is], and on “Hoping for the Best” When Sending Them off to College
  • Pro Bono Lawyering for Jews – Issues in Litigating Against Autopsies, for Eruvin, Against Zoning Restrictions, for Gittin from Recalcitrant Husbands, and Other Such Issues
  • All in a Rabbi’s Life: From Sirens and Squirrels in Pittsburgh to Laundry Chutes and Plumbers’ Assistants in Samaria – Some Very Strange Things Too Weird to Make Up
  • Ask the Rabbi – A Very Candid Chance to Give-and-Take with a Very Candid Rabbi
  • From Operation Desert Storm to the Search for Saddam: Was the War in Iraq Justified?
  • Dealing with Strange Religious Cults and Missionaries: Knowing the Truth and Saving our College Children
  • Judea and Samaria Are Not Arab Words — and Neither Are “West” and “Bank”
  • Why Are the Arabs of Jenin and Gaza Living in “Refugee” Camps If They Claim Jenin and Gaza As Their Homeland?
  • Hollywood Is Not Fair to Jews Either
  • Why Modern Orthodox Congregations and Communities Keep Growing While the Jewish Census Shows Stagnation
  • On Ants and Oxygen: What the Columbia University Biosphere Taught Me About G-d’s Extraordinary Gifts in Creating Our World
  • While the Curtain Is Down Between Acts: On Jean Valjean, Roy Hobbs, and Your Most Meaningful Life
  • Grossingers Is Gone.  Blockbuster Is Gone.  And Where Are We Going?
  • Searching for Sugar Man and for Ourselves.