Recent Submissions

  • What gentiles can learn from Lord Sac.ks 

    Soloveichik, Meir (Almar Latour, 2020-11-13)
    Writing for The Wall Street Journal, Straus Center Director Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik focuses on the late Rabbi Sacks' impact outside the Jewish community.
  • A former Catholic dances with the Torah. 

    Soloveichik, Meir (Almar Latour, 2020-10-09)
    Writing for The Wall Street Journal, Straus Center Director Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik reminds us that God’s word is the center of Jewish life and that, when all else fails, the Book of Books sustains us.
  • Leave Judge Barrett’s faith out of this. 

    Soloveichik, Meir (The New York Times, 2020-10-11)
    Writing for The New York Times, Straus Center Director Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik argues that the attacks against Amy Coney Barrett's faith have no place in the American pluralistic tradition, a tradition that George ...
  • Queen Esther, a hero of our time. 

    Soloveichik, Meir (The New York Times, 2020-03-08)
    A paradox of Jewish fragility and heroism. A perplexing paradox lies at the heart of Purim, the holiday celebrated this week by Jews around the world. No day is more associated with Jewish joy; yet rightly understood...
  • How Queen Esther became an American hero. 

    Halpern, Stuart; Silow-Carroll, Andrew (The Jewish Week, 2021-02-18)
    Esther in America editor Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern sat down with The Jewish Week to discuss the story of Purim and its American legacy.
  • This unifying verse from the Torah is perfect for an inaugural speech. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), 2021-01-19)
    The author suggests which biblical verse President-elect Biden should use in his inauguration speech to unify our fractured nation
  • The enduring story of Esther in America. 

    Halpern, Stuart (TRIBE Media, 2021-02-16)
    The author explores the theme of identity in the story of Esther, arguing that society can only flourish if it allows others to wear their community loyalties proudly.
  • Lessons in spiritual mentorship: A personal reflection on the legacy of Rabbi Lord Sacks z”l. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Yeshiva University, 2020-11-17)
    RAbbi Stu Halpern reflects on his spiritual mentorship with the late Rabbi Sacks during the latter's tenure as a visiting professor at Yeshiva University.
  • Memories of Rabbi Sacks, zt”l . 

    Halpern, Stuart (The Jewish Link of New Jersey (JLNJ), 2020-11-12)
    Rabbi Stuart Halpern reflects on Rabbi Sacks’ remarkable ability to balance his elder sageness with his youthfully enthusiastic desire to maximize each and every day of his life.
  • Yeshiva President Rabbi Lamm, Harrison Ford, and humility. 

    Halpern, Stuart (TRIBE Media, 2020-06-08)
    The author recounts a humorous exchange between Rabbi Lamm and Star Wars star Harrison Ford and reflects on how it can teach one to be both humble and confident in their abilities.
  • Wondering when and how to reopen? Better call Saul. 

    Halpern, Stuart (TRIBE Media, 2020-05-30)
    The author examines the failures of Saul during the first Biblical quarantine and offers insights into what contemporary leaders can learn from his mistakes.
  • Liel Leibovitz expertly explores superheroes’ Jewish roots and Stan Lee in new biography. 

    Halpern, Stuart (TRIBE Media, 2020-03-24)
    The author reviews Liel Leibovitz's new biography of Stan Lee — Stan Lee: A Life in Comics — which explores the Jewish roots of superheroes like Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk.
  • Counting the Omer, the anti-Peloton. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Nextbook, 2021-03-31)
    Why the ancient ritual of counting the Omer is the perfect antidote to personalized spirituality on demand.
  • Chained melody. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Nextbook, 2021-02-05)
    As Jews know, the greatest Super Bowl heroes aren’t the quarterbacks or the linebackers but the chain-movers.
  • Why I won’t let my kids watch that very special Christmas episode. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Nextbook, 2020-12-18)
    Rabbi Stuart Halpern explains why he does not let his children watch Christmas-themed television and how doing so preserves the "dignity of difference."
  • Why humdrum Cheshvan is the Jewish month we all need right now. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Nextbook, 2020-10-20)
    No holidays. No special rituals. But it’s the perfect chance to rediscover the divine possibility of the boring.
  • The fast for the furious. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Nextbook, 2020-10-21)
    Why Tzom Gedaliah is the observance our angry society desperately needs.
  • How to cure loneliness. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Nextbook, 2020-05-27)
    The Book of Ruth delivers an ancient prescription to a thoroughly modern condition
  • How to pray in a plague. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Nextbook, 2020-05-01)
    Three times a day, Jews are asked to do something very difficult and essential to our well-being
  • Love fest. 

    Halpern, Stuart (Nextbook, 2020-08-04)
    How Tu B’Av can cure tribalism, heal hate, and make us all better people

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