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  • Don’t blame the USY’ers – blame the adults

    by David Benkof

    4 days ago

    On Monday, the international board of United Synagogue Youth (USY) voted to junk the Conservative teen group’s requirement that its top leaders date only Jews. Instead, the leaders are supposed to “strive” to “model healthy Jewish dating choices” (whatever that means). A number of...

  • Equality in the United States? Progress in principle, but not in practice

    by Alixandra Liiv

    4 days ago

    The cases of black men being killed by police officers throughout the country and police officers being killed last week in New York have shined a powerful light on the racial tensions still existent in American society.

    These cases have only widened the already large divide...

  • Harold Schulweis: Founder of a Big Judaism

    By David Suissa

    5 days ago

    “I’m having trouble with the past tense,” Rabbi Uri Herscher said as he began his eulogy for his close friend Rabbi Harold Schulweis, who died last week at the age of 89. With about 1,500 mourners looking on in the main sanctuary of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS), the synagogue Schulweis...

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  • ‘What have blacks ever done for Jews?’:  Answering the question

    by Harold Brackman

    1 week ago

    Except for the absence of Ramadan which is half a year away, this season’s  convergence of Christmas and Hanukkah with Kwanzaa (meaning “first fruits of the harvest” in Swahili) makes it such a great time to invoke the ecumenical spirit—especially among African Americans and Jews....

  • God Goes Hollywood in Exodus: Gods and Kings

    by Sherre Hirsch

    2 weeks ago

    Spoiler alert: Morgan Freeman does not play God in Exodus: Gods and Kings.  And this is only one of the many courageous risks that director Ridley Scott took in bringing the story of Moses to life in the just released movie. Instead of trying to depict the literal text of the Bible...

  • Obama: I’m Jewish ‘in my soul’

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    "What will you tell the President when you see him?" was my daughter Eva's first reaction when I told her I'd been invited to the White House Channukah party (Actually, it was her second reaction. Her first was, "Take me!"). Kids are innocent that way. They don't realize that when...

  • Punishing Bennett won’t bring peace

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    People do crazy things when they get desperate and run out of ideas. That’s the first thought that came to mind after I read that a group of pro-Israel academics have decided that the best way to help the comatose Israeli-Palestinian peace process is to stop people like Naftali...

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