How Will We be Remembered?

How Will We be Remembered?

By Elie Mischel Rabbi Israel Kagan, one of the great Eastern European Jewish leaders of the 20th century, was once cited as a character witness in a court case in Belarus. The defendant’s lawyer said that Rabbi Kagan, though not present in court, was known to think...
A Nation As Bad As Sodom??

A Nation As Bad As Sodom??

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz Every year, just before Rosh Hashana (Hebrew New Year), I ask myself why I should work so hard at repenting. How bad were my sins really? I look around and figure that I am no worse than any of my neighbors.  And then I read the Torah portion...
Forget Your Past – For Now

Forget Your Past – For Now

By Elie Mischel Fifteen years ago, when I was working as a corporate attorney in New Jersey, I joined a volunteer program in which lawyers helped Holocaust survivors fill out incredibly long and detailed applications for Holocaust reparations from Germany. Though this...
Three Things We Must Renew Daily

Three Things We Must Renew Daily

By Chaim Barzel We have all made New Year’s resolutions: to eat healthier, to get to sleep earlier, to make up with an old friend, etc. That is because the new year is a time of renewal. A new year means the opportunity to start over, and this year we want to do...