You can learn a lot about life from the magical world of Hogwarts — and a lot about Judaism too.
Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg looks at the recent arrests of several rabbis in a federal investigation into money-laundering and corruption. He argues that the Orthodox community needs to be stronger in its condemnations of unethical behavior. “Orthodox leaders use the harsh language and terminology of taboo when we discuss intermarriage, and as a result intermarriage is rare in our communities,” he writes. “We cannot leave any doubt whatsoever that dishonest and illegal business practices are strictly taboo.”
The about-face was stunning for its suddenness. The same woman — let’s call her my wife — who had coolly arranged for my son’s ticket, icily orchestrated his passport, and calculatedly coordinated his luggage and international cell phone, this same woman, upon seeing him pass through the airport checkpoint that leads to the gate, opened some internal spigot, and became a caricature of the mother who has lost her only child.