Local Rabbis

For the Sake of Heaven

By Rabbi Ron Muroff, Chisuk Emuna Congregation

Not long after last Yom Kippur, we faced a bitterly contested election, which was followed by angry protests and false allegations regarding its results, culminating in the brutal assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.

The Spring was mark…

The Jewish Angle on Afghanistan

By Rabbi Sam Yolen, Congregation Beth Israel (Lebanon)

As I write this, the Kabul International Airport is surrounded by Taliban fighters who show no affinity for political coalitions or bargaining.

It seems like the future for Afghanistan is bereft of anything remotely moderate, and most …

In Defense of Zionism

By Rabbi Sam Yolen, Congregation Beth Israel, Lebanon

It is frankly embarrassing that our contemporary society seems to require a defense of Zionism, but if there’s anything more blatantly obvious about the need for a secure Jewish state, it’s the depth of hate that anti-Semites will r…

“For Justice is God’s,” The Difference between Justice and Catharsis

By Rabbi Sam Yolen, Congregation Beth Israel, Lebanon                                                                                        

The biggest philosophical development over the last fifteen years is the trend to approach situations wi…

Saying Goodbye to Grandma Annabell

By Rabbi Sam Yolen, Congregation Beth Israel


As the list of people lost directly to COVID or to COVID-related complications grows, I’d like to share my personal story of loss. It’s with a heavy heart that I remember my Grandmother Annabell Schwartz this spring, and I hope that readi…