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rabbi 05 smallsf badge lgRabbi Joel Landau  ( has been the Rabbi of Adath Israel since May 2013. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate in Jerusalem and has served previously as a congregational Rabbi in Charleston, South Carolina and Irvine, California. A full biography of Rabbi Landau is available here.


This week, I share with you three totally unrelated topics of interest. First, we go to the Tokyo Olympics and take a look at the important POSITIVE choice made by the world’s greatest gymnast, Simone Biles, to withdraw from competition. Then, we have an update on the danger of “cancel culture” as it pertains to the State of Israel. Lastly, we are offered an interesting perspective on how to understand the core differences that are currently dividing our country. 

Blog #1: Why Simone Biles made the Right Choice

Simone Biles and why anxiety is killing us,” by Shmuley Boteach, originally published on the Jerusalem Post 

Blog #2: Cancel Culture and Israel

When cancel culture comes for Jews,” by Emily Schrader, originally published on the Jerusalem Post 

Blog #3: The Empathy Crisis

America’s crisis of empathy,” by Ben Shapiro, originally published on Israel Hayom