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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.


Many of you know that I have two respirated grandchildren who are severely handicapped. Unfortunately, some people see no value in their lives and would advocate “pulling the plug” on them. One such person is the famous British ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and author, Richard Dawkins. Judaism strenuously disagrees with that approach and maintains that every life is a G-d given gift, no matter how limited their abilities may be. Recently, Dawkins gave an interview to help promote his new book, during which he made a shocking revelation about how he makes decisions about life and death. See how Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe takes on Dawkins in Blog #1.

No, I haven’t forgotten about the huge change of government this week in Israel. I actually spoke about it in shul last week. The crux of what I said was:

  • It’s amazing to have an Orthodox prime minister, especially when a significant number of his coalition partners have historically been anti-religious
  • Jewish unity is KEY to our stability and success – internal “machloket” (conflict) is the cause of downfall
  • Biblical examples prove that when the Jews were united they succeeded despite practicing idolatry
  • We should give this government a chance

Having said that, I now share with you Blog #2, Jonathan Tobin’s article on what the new government should learn from Menachem Begin. 

Blog #1: "Richard Dawkins and Eugenics," by Jeff Jacoby, originally published in

Blog #2: "The Lessons Menachem Begin Left Us," by Jonathan Tobin, originally published in the Jewish News Syndicate