Joseph Aaron

Jewish shame, Jewish pride

There are two things you usually don’t think of Jews as. Sexual predators and baseball stars. And yet, so it is in the continually amazing, bewildering time that Jews today are living. We already knew…


Simon says, but doesn’t rescind

Words are nice but actions are even nicer. And actions that show you put principle before money, honor before honors are even nicer. Which brings me to Harvey and Simon. Harvey as in Weinstein and…


Harvey, meet Shlomo

He looks a lot like Harvey Weinstein. But he’s a very different kind of pig. We’ll get to him in a moment. But first let us learn a Jewish lesson, shall we. The lesson is…


Pig man and wonder woman

It is the best of Jewish times, it is the worst of Jewish times. Talk about going from the ridiculous to the sublime. Make that from the slime to the sublime. Jews, as they so…


Happy Yom Kippur

This year, Yom Kippur made me very happy. Now I know joy is not something one associates with the Day of Atonement. Normally you think of solemnity, seriousness, holiness. But the truth is, from a…


TrumpJewishWorld

Are you getting the feeling that the Jewish world is more and more becoming like Trumpworld? I long ago made the point that I truly believe the Donald and the Bibi are identical twins. Each…


The whole year

Wouldn’t it be great if we actually meant what we said, felt what we felt when we’re in synagogue on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We all talk and pray about how we plan to…


The Jewish soul

This is not about politics or religion. It’s about decency and Jewish values, about menschlichkeit, being a mensch, about yiddishkeit, being faithful to the real meaning of Judaism. As we wave bye bye to the…


American values first

A thought. If your goal is America first, you can’t have America best. A question. How is it that in this age when everybody feels free to say whatever they want, however they want in…


Make Jews honorable again

And the shanda, the Jewish shame, just keeps on coming. There are many things you can say about Donald Trump. But perhaps the truest is that he’s brought about more desecration of G-d’s name than…