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A Seal of Purity

by Revital Belz

January 31, 2014 | 9:20 am

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By the time my husband was twelve years old all four of his grandparents had passed away. When he shared this with me my heart cried out for him. I never merited to meet my grandfathers,... read on

  • Against all odds

    by Revital Belz

    January 27, 2014 | 9:45 am

    The News: I was only five years old when my grandfather passed away. I don’t remember anything about his life– except what I am told from stories and pictures. However, I remember his death as though it happened yesterday. I was at my friend Rebecca’s birthday party. We were having... read on

  • Israel pulls ‘fat-shaming’ childhood obesity awareness ads

    By Julie Bien

    January 9, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    An ad agency in Israel recently pulled an ad campaign that "fat-shamed" children as a form of obesity awareness.

    The ads ranged from a photoshopped child whose face was blown up like a balloon with his features made miniscule to illustrate how obesity affects a child's smile, to... read on

  • The New Year for rebirthing trees: A Tu B’Shvat seder to heal the wounded earth

    By Rabbi Arthur Waskow

    January 7, 2014 | 10:29 am

    This Tu B’Shvat haggadah focuses on healing the wounded Earth today, with passages on major policy questions facing the human race in the midst of a great climate crisis and massive extinctions of species.

    In each of the Four Worlds in this Haggadah (Earth, Water, Air, Fire)... read on

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  • With diamonds in the seams of their coats

    by Revital Belz

    December 24, 2013 | 11:29 am

    I am not particularly into jewelry, and I don’t have very much. However the little jewelry that I do have has lots of significance. On my wedding day I wore a beautiful diamond necklace which was given to me by my maternal grandmother. As she put it on me, we both cried, knowing... read on

  • “Jews Can’t Stop”: Parodying Miley while making a statement

    By Julie Bien

    December 16, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    Jewish Journal blogger, and American settler, Orit Arfa, is raising eyebrows here and abroad with her controversial music video, "Jews Can't Stop," a re-write of Miley Cyrus's party anthem, "We Can't Stop," and part of a recent blog post on our website.

    Arfa, who lives in Ariel,... read on

  • When Mandela and Sharansky met in LA

    By  Tom Tugend

    December 6, 2013 | 12:35 am


    My only encounter with Nelson Mandela was on June 29, 1990 at the Biltmore Hotel, and the initial impression was more comical than awe-inspiring.

    The reserved, soft-spoken Mandela, released only four months earlier after 27 years in South African prisons, stood next to the... read on

  • Pardon my ovaries for causing the shutdown

    By Julie Bien

    October 2, 2013 | 3:28 pm

    I am having a hard time keeping my jaw from hitting the ground—or my head from banging onto my desk, for that matter. Our government just came to a grinding halt over whether or not I have the right to the affordable care-and-keeping of my reproductive organs.

    Let me rephrase:... read on

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