Joseph Aaron

What a shame

I miss shanda. There was a time, not so long ago, when Jews really cared about shanda. Shanda is that great Yiddish word meaning shame, used to convey a lot more than that, to mean…


Oy, Humbug

If it wasn’t for Chanukah, I think I would have given up. The funny thing is that while I am definitely a political liberal, or as they say in Israel where absolutely everyone gets pigeonholed…


A truly great rabbi

I am not a big fan of rabbis. As we all know, the lowest form of human life are lawyers. People so full of themselves, and so full of other stuff, that they believe it…


Perverts and idiots

Thank G-d for Matt Lauer. It was nice to have Lauer join the parade of prominent men who are sex abusers, harassers, and predators, also known as creeps. Gave us a little break from all…


Loving relationship

Love is always better than fear. Choice is always better than coercion. With Israel’s next birthday being its 70th, you would have thought it would have figured that out by now. When you get to…


Jewish lessons from Pervertgate

So this is what it’s like to live through a revolution. Fact is, I’ve somehow managed to miss most of the societal revolutions that have taken place during my lifetime. I do very vividly recall…


Anti-bris Jewish men

The whole point of giving a Jewish baby boy a bris is to literally imprint on his body, and his soul, the notion that he is a child of G-d and is to act accordingly…


Our Jewish way

Let’s talk about dead Palestinians, shall we. No, not because I’m pro-Palestinian, but because I’m pro-Israel, because I truly believe that peace is what is in the best interest of the Jewish state and also…


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…