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The post-wandering Jew

By David Suissa

January 29, 2014 | 3:46 pm

View from Galilee Mountains, photo credit: Roman Sulla/Shutterstock.com

What does it mean to be a nomadic people? For most of our long history, Jews have been nomads. It’s only recently that we’ve started to settle down. But have we lost something in that... read full article

  • Jonathan Pollard case is about America

    By David Suissa

    January 22, 2014 | 9:52 am

    America is far from being an anti-Semitic country. In fact, it might be the first country in Jewish history where it’s actually “cool” to be Jewish. That’s one reason I’ve been so reluctant over the years to weigh in on the Jonathan Pollard affair — I’m so in love with this country...

  • Expose the enemy: Say yes

    By David Suissa

    January 15, 2014 | 11:04 am

    I’m worried about Israel. I’m always worried about the terror forces in the region that want to destroy the Jewish state, but these days, I’m even more worried about the evil forces around the world that want to annihilate Israel through other means.

    These forces are out to...

  • The Limmud way: My journey to the future of Judaism

    By David Suissa

    January 8, 2014 | 11:16 am

    Two distinct visions of Judaism played in my head at the 33rd annual Limmud Conference in England, which I attended during Christmas week. The first vision was alive and kicking at the conference itself, where, under cold and gray skies, 2,600 Jews gathered on a university campus...

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  • A Jewish wish list for 2014

    By David Suissa

    December 31, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    In no special order, here are 10 wishes for our community for the coming year:

    1. A sukkah for every Jew. Seriously, is there any Jewish holiday cooler than Sukkot? And yet, most non-Orthodox Jews don’t build a sukkah to commemorate the desert journey of our ancestors. In recent...

  • Why won’t liberals defend Israel?

    By David Suissa

    December 18, 2013 | 11:53 am

    As I was reading about “engagement” — the new buzzword regarding Israel that came out of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial this past weekend in San Diego — I wondered: Did anyone at the convention notice the other hot word circulating regarding the Jewish state?

    This...

  • ‘Don’t take my daddy’: When the immigration debate hits home

    By David Suissa

    December 11, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    No matter where you sit on the immigration debate, it’s hard not to be moved by what happened to little Adam, an 8-year-old Jewish boy from the San Fernando Valley who watched his father being taken away on the morning of Oct. 18.

    Adam was holding his father’s hand as they...

  • Rabbis against balance

    By David Suissa

    December 4, 2013 | 1:28 pm

    You can abuse people, and you can also abuse values. Take two great Jewish values: self-criticism and caring for the stranger. How would one abuse such values? By lifting them up at the expense of other great Jewish values — such as fairness and balance.

    A striking example can be...

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