Author Archives: Mitchell S. Gilbert

About Mitchell S. Gilbert

Mitch Gilbert is a social worker, writer, and religious educator. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he has done community development work in Washington DC, Cleveland, Akron, Vancouver, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. Mitch earned a BA at Brooklyn College (CUNY), a Master of Science in Social Administration degree from Case Western Reserve University. In addition, Mitch has done graduate studies in Jewish tradition, history, and culture at New York University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Mitch serves as a volunteer Jewish chaplain in a state prison and a senior adult residential community. In addition to writing/blogging, he an avid volunteer and political activist.

Have a glass tea, relax, read and maybe you’ll share what’s on you mind.

Welcome to My Mishagas, my online blog.  While many, if not most of my written reflections on the state of the world will probably appear on Examiner.com column, I will include my favorite columns from there as well as some … Continue reading

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Hateful Words from Rabbis Living in “Small Places”

The comments of two distinguished rabbis left me troubled and distressed in recent days.  First, I was disappointed but not surprised to  read in the Forward’s August 6 edition of Rabbi Moshe Tendler’s incredibly misinformed understanding of homosexuality and his … Continue reading

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IN GUNS WE TRUST

What would Jesus say about guns in church?

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God’s Will Determined by Fear or Accomodation?

What Would Henry Say? The Anglican Communion Wrestles With Issues of Inclusion

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A Chat With God On High Street

OK, so its a Friday afternoon in May. You’re walking down High Street in Columbus and you bump into God. He announces that He needs to talk to a reasonable person about a couple of things that are giving the … Continue reading

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WELL DONE ALL YOU EVIL DEMOCRATS!

"Egregious! It’s so egregious" the caller to C-Span exclaimed repeatedly in reaction to the House vote to reform health care.  "Can you be specific about your concerns; what about this reform health-care bill concerns you" the C-Span anchor queried?   … Continue reading

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Talking about YouTube – Western Wall Women- WOW- Women of the wall Low Resolution

Is there anything more spiritually and intellectually DISHONEST than declaring one position, one understanding of Torah and God’s Will as being more authentic than any other?  For some, knowledge opens the gates to Heaven; for others, it is used only … Continue reading

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On Being Kicked Out of a Jewish Family

Thursday evening                                                                                                                                    "I can’t believe you really came to the hospital to visit my father!"                                                              "But why are you so surprised?  You are a member of a synagogue.  That makes you a member of an extended Jewish family.  When a … Continue reading

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Enough With the Hitler Comparisons!

1.  I’m tired of Hitler being invoked by idiots who want to vilify people they have disagreements with .  Invoking his evil image and name to suggest that people you have intellectual or philosophical disagreements with is really no different … Continue reading

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Talking about YouTube – Orthodox Rabbi Avi Weiss speaks out against Homophobia, in support of ga…

It’s sad enough that the Jewish children of Sedrot and other border communities in Israel must fear for their well-being.  It is beyond comprehension that some Jewish youth must fear for their own safety because of the hate and ignorance … Continue reading

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