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Orthodox Community Must Disown Bernie Madoff

January 13, 2009

As an Orthodox Jew, all I have to say is that I’m embarrassed of Bernie Madoff, and hope that all of the non-Jews out there can realize that he is not representative of who we are. Orthodox Jews are not greedy bastards willing to sell-out their own friends in order to buy another house in Florida. He disgusts us.

Unfortunately, I have not heard enough criticism of Madoff from Orthodox leaders. Nobody has come out and said that he is no longer welcome in our community, and that people like him can get the hell out!

What disturbs me, however, is that the Orthodox community doesn’t have much of a problem speaking out against Gays and Lesbians who want to be a part of the community. People who have done nothing to hurt anyone else, and are simply living a lifestyle that is different from the mainstream Orthodox community. These innocent people are discriminated against in almost every corner of the Jewish community.

Attention Rabbis and Community Leaders: Leave these honest and respectable GLBT Jews alone, and work on kicking out those lying, cheating heterosexual old white stealing men!


First Night of Chanukah

January 12, 2009

I just lit my first Chanukah candle of the year. Millions of people around the world lit one small candle tonight to commemorate the victory of the few over the many that was waged over 1000 years ago.

The time of the Jewish Temple, when the story of Chanukah originated, was a very dark moment. The Maccabees who were fighting against the Greeks finally recaptured their sacred Temple, only to find out that it had been desecrated and destroyed. They were heartbroken. What were they to do?

In all of that darkness and despair, they made the effort to ignite one small flame amid the destruction. They struggled to find any suitable oil, and when they finally did, it miraculously lasted much longer than they had expected.

That little flame they lit was a source of inspiration for them. It gave them hope. Even when so much was horrible in the world, they were able to see that flame and become motivated to rise again.

It’s a scary world out there. A lot of bad things are happening, and a lot of innocent people are suffering. Chanukah lights, Christmas trees and Kwanza candles are all illuminated this time of the year to remind us that even in the coldest winter, in the darkest of nights, we can triumph. We have a hope to cling on to, and we must never give up.

Opening Post

January 12, 2009

For a while now I have maintained a blog through my employment that was designed to get the word out about some things I cared about that overlapped with my job. I am lucky enough that I have a lot of common values with my place of employment, and many things I would like to post on my own blog I can simply post there.

I have realized, however, that I do not really have the free-license I would like to have when it comes to maintaining the blog. I think I need to be able to express myself a bit more freely, and explore some issues I might not be allowed to on the work blog.

You will hopefully get a sense of who I am and what I care about through this site, but I will give you a bit of a taste now. I am a Modern Orthodox Jew living in New York City with my wife. I would consider myself a liberal, and believe it is every person’s duty to do his or her best to improve other people’s lives. I have a lot to say about the culture and society we live in, I have a lot to say about my religion and other religions, and I have a lot to say about politics and the way this and other countries are run.

I read a lot of things around the Internet, and I watch lots of television, and I try to stay connected as best as possible. I will be writing about things I care about on this site, and I will put in links that I think are relevant.

There will hopefully be fun and light topics explored throughout this blog, but I hope to make it all relevant to people who share my interests and values.

I am making a commitment not to moderate comments on this blog. I will not give a voice to hateful comments, but will gladly welcome open debate and dialog – so please contribute.

I hope you enjoy this blog – I’m sure I will.