Joseph Aaron

The only thing we have to fear

We need to calm down. Now I know it’s hard to have perspective when you are in mourning, when you are in shock. But some perspective is called for, before we all scare the hell…


An American tragedy

I keep thinking about the baby. Sort of lost in all the news about, all the horror from the slaughter at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh is the fact that as the murderer…


Jews, MBS and Khashoggi

Maybe it’s because I was only eight years old when it happened, but the fact is that to this very day, every Nov. 22 of every year, I think about it. Nov. 22, 1963 was…


Friends like this

It’s important to know who your friends are. And who your enemies are. And who your friends should be and who your enemies should be. I know we’re living in times like no other, times…


What really matters

Well, it was bound to happen. I agree with Donald Trump about something. G-d seems to have taken some mercy on me lately in that I’ve been getting a bunch of nice, supportive letters from…


Good and bad

I don’t ever remember so many lives being so overturned so dramatically. One of the things I feel is so missing from all the tumult we have witnessed over the last year is a sense…


Crazy times

Is it me or is the world getting crazier and crazier. It sure feels like it. Each and every day it feels like it. We are seeing crazy stuff all around us all the time,…


No change at all

The thing that always amazes me about the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and the days right after Yom Kippur, is how everyone seems to be just like they were in the days…


Read all about it

It is one of the first rules of journalism. Never write about journalism. After all, who cares? While journalists are obsessed with every aspect of journalism, we delude ourselves if we think readers care even…


Lessons for the new year

#metoo and McCain. The Jewish year now just about over, began with the biggest story being that of one Harvey Weinstein, which gave birth to the #metoo movement. And the year ended with the biggest…