Author Archives: Izzy Greenberg

Free Rein

Everyone knows what freedom is. Certainly if you read these pages regularly you know that it’s one of our favorite topics. Freedom, as broadly defined as possible, is a situation where I have the opportunity and the ability to achieve my potential. Everyone knows what choice is. Choice is when I have a decision to […]

Mixed Blessings

There was once an aspiring young rabbi – let’s call him Rabbi Black – who, upon graduation from rabbinical college, sought a prestigious position in an established synagogue. The only problem was that established synagogues were not looking for young rabbis with no experience. Eventually, the young rabbi settled for a low profile position in […]

Conquer the World

So you want to conquer the world, eh? Let me give you some advice. As an aspiring conqueror myself, having spent endless hours imagining how my being in control of this spinning planet and its inhabitants would make us all better off, let me share my wisdom with you. The first thing to consider is […]

What’s Your Story?

You don’t have to be famous to write your autobiography. In fact, you are writing it right now. You are writing it all the time. It might never make it to a bookstore near you, but you are working on a potential masterpiece at every moment. You’ve been working on it since the day you […]

Jerusalem Reunited

The curious thing about curious things (besides the fact that they are curious) is that they present an irresistible opportunity to glean insights that normal events just don’t inspire. Yes, we can learn lessons by analyzing even the most mundane events or phenomena. But there is something about curious things that tickles the imagination in […]

Are You a Visionary?

I always accepted the age-old axiom that “seeing is believing.” It is difficult to argue with an even experienced or witnessed; no amount of rational manipulation or fancy sophistry can alter the facts once you’ve seen them with your own eyes. But apparently we can manipulate what we are and are not able to see […]

Who’s the Stranger?

Do I want to raise my children in a world where people you don’t know are referred to as “strangers”? What a curious term. And somewhat cynical. The implication is that this person is stranger than you and I, or strange to us, or even estranged from us. But, to the vast majority of people […]

Got Wings?

In a world of diminishing ethical standards, it is difficult to write an editorial criticizing the idea of just doing the right thing. But I’m going to try anyways. False pluralism, moral relativism and the desperate grab for viewership in the face of increased competition from new media have pushed popular culture to new lows. […]

Welcome to the Masquerade

If Shakespeare thought England circa 1600 was absurd, imagine what he would have thought of Persia in 400 BCE, or, for that matter Global Civilization 2010, where all the world is a wacky, crooked stage and all the people its drunken players. On the surface, the Megillah, the Scroll of Esther, reads like a suspenseful […]

We Are the Aliens

The human obsession with things extraterrestrial has waxed and waned over the years, the constant companion of ideological upheaval and theological hegemony. In the 20th Century, with the discovery of what looked like planets orbiting distant sun-like stars, the search for ET took off in earnest. But the subsequent Moon and Mars missions, and extensive […]