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Reading Esther in today's America
Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern reflects on Esther's legacy, reminding us in these troubled times that it only takes one decent and committed person to save the day.
Jonah: The Sequels
(Bee.Ideas, LLC,, 2020-09-22)
: Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern examines ancient and modern retellings, Jewish and secular, of the book of Jonah, which is read on the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.
Smitten with Sympathy
(Bee.Ideas, LLC, 2021-03-23)
Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern argues that we should not allow misplaced feelings of sympathy toward the Egyptians to cloud the true reasons for Passover’s traditions.
Was Exodus a trick?
(Eric Cohen, 2020-04-02)
Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern examines the different levels of deceit and wiliness that God displays in the book of Exodus.
Friendship in the fields of Moab
Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern analyzes the friendship between Ruth and Naomi through the philosophy of C. S. Lewis.
Leave Judge Barrett’s faith out of this.
(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 ...
A former Catholic dances with the Torah.
(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.
Queen Esther, a hero of our time.
(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...