com.Unity: From the Desk of Mark L. Goldstein

It’s Election Season, Again

Usually this column topic appears once every two years coinciding with national elections. But as our interest in elections, and the candidates’ interest in our votes, transcends more than the national elections, much of this content bears repeating.

Of course, we should all take time t…

Marking Transitions

Jewish tradition gives us opportunities to mark certain transitions. We have ceremonies for youth to acknowledge their transition to Jewish adulthood. We mark the weekly distinction between the holiness of Shabbat and the rest of the week with wine, the scent of spices and a braided candle a…

I love America; I love Israel

Because of a serious medical challenge, I recently decided to resign my position from the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors. I was honored to serve on this board, even if my tenure was cut short. If I had remained on the board, I would have been in Israel at the end of June, ironic…

Describing the Elephant Isn't the Challenge

You may know the story of the six blindfolded people who are asked to touch different parts of an elephant. The one who touches the leg declares it a pillar, the one who touches the tail calls it a rope, the one who touches the trunk thinks it’s a snake and so on.

For most people, the p…

On Winners and Losers

Watching reality TV shows makes me wonder if the losers are really losers. We all know about the winners. But, it is not unusual for an eliminated contestant to break out of “loser” status and make it to – or close to – the top. A few years back, the reputed top American Idol contest…