Rabbi Matthew

Being Black & Jewish In The U.S.A. – I.

About two weeks ago I purchased and read Chai-Me by Tamar Manasseh, a member of the Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in Chicago. It was a good book (my review of it is here) and changed my view of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement; a movement which I used to just “shake my…

Gabby Douglas and coach

I Love Gabby Douglas’s Hair

I was saddened to see numerous news stories and reports about how people were criticizing Gabby Douglas’s hair during and after her amazing gold medal performance in the women’s all-around gymnastics competition. I haven’t seen it written outright in black & white, but I know what the problem is. People…mostly Black people, don’t like it…

Come Together

Coming off of Tisha B’Av, one of the solemn lessons that you take away from it is that sinat chinam or “baseless hatred” is one of the reasons that tragedy has befallen upon the Jewish people. However the emphasis on this has always been baseless hatred between Jews; and not so much against mankind in…

John Butler

White People With Dreadlocks

One of my guilty pleasures is to browse the net, looking for gorgeous pics of people with dreadlocks. I had always been exposed to people of all cultures who grew dreadlocks and I’ve never seen any problem with people wearing them, regardless of their race. So I was a bit surprised when in the process…

Is FGCU Moving Away From Distance Learning?

It’s been 3 years since I started my MBA program at FGCU. I’ve changed a bit since then; and it seems that my school as changed as well. In fact, I have that odd feeling that you get sort of when you are in a relationship and things turn out not to be exactly as…

Alice Walker

The Fine Line Between Foolishness and Bigotry

It has been almost a month since the news broke about Alice Walker’s cultural boycott of Israel; where she is prohibiting a new Israeli version (so Hebrew translation) of her book The Color Purple. This news only hit my radar about two weeks ago however, when Jewish websites and authors began to respond. I am disappointed by…

Developing Your Pinterest Strategy

As a follow-up to my other post on Pinterest, I would like to update my progress in regards to both my usage and my opinion of the site. It is safe to say that I visit Pinterest several times on a daily basis — although I only spend about 5-10 minutes at a time. Unlike Facebook,…

The Basics On Business Transaction Documents

After working in close connection with accounting and purchasing functions in businesses for almost 8 years, it still amazes me that there seems to be a lot of misunderstandings regarding three basic business transaction documents: sales quotes, purchase orders and invoices. Many times I request one type of document from a vendor, and they supply…