Barry Cohen

The Real American Idol

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Irwin A. Zeplowitz

The popular television show American Idol seeks the most talented singers, hoping to promote each one as the next "superstar." There is a lot that is positive about American Idol. It is founded on the belief that there is the potential for great talent in anyone.

Death, Thou Shalt Die

D'Var Torah By: Richard A. Block

The end of the wilderness sojourn of the wandering Israelites approaches as the Book of Numbers reaches its conclusion. In Parashat Mas-ei, the Torah looks backward and ahead. Summarizing forty years of marches and encampments since the Exodus from Egypt requires almost a full chapter.