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  • Why Chanukah matters

    By Jared Sichel

    6 days ago

    There’s a certain narrative about Chanukah that has become near conventional wisdom among American Jews, and it goes like this:

    Chanukah is a fun holiday that is big in America, thanks to its proximity to Christmas. But really, it’s a “minor” holiday that is more impactful...

  • U.S. - Israel not in crisis, but…

    1 week ago

    The strain in US-Israel ties is one of the key issues in the Israel election campaign – and rightfully so. But if you glance at US media during the last couple of months, you’d think the relations have never been worse. Jeffrey Goldberg’s article in The Atlantic, which announced a...

  • Who Are YOU?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    2 weeks ago

    By Rabbi Paul Steinberg

    “‘Who are YOU?’ said the Caterpillar...
    ‘I – I hardly know, Sir, just at present – at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.’
    ‘What do you mean by that?’ said the Caterpillar...

  • Welcoming the stranger

    3 weeks ago

    On almost every emerging issue of public policy, our community asks the same question, either in audible or hushed voices: “Is it good for the Jews?” In the matter of President Barack Obama’s recent decision to defer and sideline prosecutions that might have resulted in the...

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  • Ten Lessons Learned from a Rabbi’s Murder.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    November 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

    1- The world is random.  No amount of holiness or payer can save a pious man from random evil.  Rabbi Moshe Twersky was a teacher of American students in Israel. His grandfather, had ordained 2,000 rabbis. His father, Rabbi Isadore Twersky, was a prominent American-Jewish leader,...

  • The Case for Judaism for Jews Who Don’t Care About Being Jewish

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 12, 2014 | 2:20 pm

    I was in high holiday services this year next to the same friend I always go to high holiday services with. We were with our families back at the temple we had both gone to elementary school at, repeating the yearly tradition.  When we go back every year and see our old principal...

  • Contemplating hypocrisy and double standards

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 22, 2014 | 8:51 am

    Hypocrisy – the ability to do certain things and then criticize others for doing the exact same thing, is part of being a human being. We do it constantly, and in the age of social networks –we have no shame in sharing our hypocrite thoughts with the world. We try to hide it behind...

  • Young Americans and Israel

    By Rob Eshman

    September 3, 2014 | 6:15 pm

    The new concern in the American-Jewish community is the number 25. According to a Gallup poll conducted in the midst of the Gaza war, 42 percent of all Americans supported Israel’s action. Among people aged 18 to 29, that number was 25 percent.

    This set off all the usual alarm...

  • Hillary, Israel and the Jews

    August 29, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    Last month, I read an opinion piece in a Jewish publication wrongfully accusing Hillary Clinton of being anti-Israel and not fighting for the issues that matter most to Jewish Americans. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Throughout her career, Hillary Clinton has fought for...

  • Islamic State vows to ‘break the American cross’

    August 19, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    Islamic State, the Sunni militant group which seeks to establish a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, released a video on Tuesday that gave the strongest indication yet it might attempt to strike American targets.

    The video with the theme "breaking of the American cross"...

  • On packed flight to Israel, hundreds of American Jews, emboldened by Gaza crisis, start lives anew

    By Jared Sichel

    August 12, 2014 | 9:33 am

    Daniel Knafo was wide awake aboard the Boeing 747 as sunlight began peaking over the northern horizon of the Mediterranean Sea early on the morning of Aug. 12.

    Less than 10 hours earlier, he was at the departure terminal of John F. Kennedy International Airport with more than 300...

  • Do you have anyone better than Kerry?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 31, 2014 | 3:23 am

    If you read my long post on Obama and Kerry three days ago, you might find the following article a little odd. It is not – or at least I don't think it is. John Kerry can be very problematic (case in point: him calling PM Netanyahu a "stubborn head" – did he not understand this...

  • How the Syrian-Muslim and American-Jew became best friends

    July 21, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    I’m sitting at a pub my first night in Cyprus with a group of strangers. Peering around at potential friends I begin to talk to this hilarious guy. Syria, he tells me, that’s where I am from. He giggles as he sees the shock in my eyes. “I am not going to bomb you, I promise.” He...

  • Commited to Doing Life

    By Beit T'shuvah

    July 11, 2014 | 11:11 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I am worried! I am worried about what is happening in Israel. I am worried about what is happening in America. I am worried about what is happening in my work and in my life. I am worried about today and I am worried about tomorrow.

    My truth is that I am...

  • We Need to Make Freedom Ring

    By Beit T'shuvah

    July 4, 2014 | 10:43 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Today is July 4, 2014—Independence Day in the United States. We are supposed to be celebrating Freedom on this day, yet, are we free?

    I ask this question in light of all of the activities that have happened in this past year and in the past 238 years. I...

  • U.S. captures suspected ringleader of 2012 attack in Benghazi

    June 17, 2014 | 9:38 am

    The United States said on Tuesday it had captured a suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, a raid that killed four Americans including the U.S. ambassador and ignited a political firestorm in Washington.

    President Barack Obama...

  • Palestinians support extending negotiations if more prisoners released

    March 24, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    A new poll found that 65 percent of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza would support extending the current American-backed peace talks if Israel releases extra Palestinian prisoners.

    The negotiations are set to end on April 29. Israel is scheduled to release a fourth...

  • Soul Cycle

    By Rabbi Lori Shapiro

    January 29, 2014 | 11:45 am

    White on White, the Soul Cycle storefront is the Apple Store of Fitness. It glows from within like the “Athletes” emerging from their classes. I call them “Athletes”, although I could have as easily called them “Rock Stars” or “Warriors” or “Leaders” because the walls as I enter...

  • 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...

  • Rich still getting richer

    January 16, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    The rich get richer. Andrew Jackson may have been the first to register the complaint in those terms. “When the laws undertake ... to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society... have a right to complain of the injustice to their Government.” ...

  • What makes a wage just?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    January 3, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    Raising the minimum wage is a mitzvah. 

    The Rambam says that ensuring others have work that can sustain them is the highest rung on the hierarchy of tzedakah (Mattanot Aniyim, 10:7). In Judaism, tzedakah does not mean charity but justice. We rectify social wrongs and fulfill our...

  • 55 U.S. universities condemn ASA boycott of Israel

    December 30, 2013 | 11:34 am

    At least 55 American universities and colleges have rejected the American Studies Association membership vote in favor of an academic boycott of Israel.

    The number was tracked by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

    “This remarkable response is a...

  • Why Obama won’t pardon Pollard

    December 18, 2013 | 2:57 pm

    Israel is abuzz with allegations of American bad faith in continuing to imprison convicted spy Jonathan Pollard even though recent disclosures have revealed that the U.S. itself has snooped on many friendly countries for years.

    A Nov. 10 Jerusalem Post editorial described the...

  • Valuing the Reform perspective in the Pew report

    By Rabbi Dan Moskovitz

    December 4, 2013 | 4:59 pm

    The historian Simon Rawidowicz wrote a famous essay in which he described Jews, with our constant fear of extinction, as the “ever-dying” people. He wrote the essay approximately 60 years ago. Does that make him wrong or prophetic?

    It seems that every few years, a major Jewish...

  • Educated women and children

    By Dennis Prager

    December 4, 2013 | 4:12 pm

    On the Jewish Web site The Tablet, Michelle Goldberg, a senior contributing editor to The Nation, recently wrote: “In the United States, women tend to have fewer children the more education they have — those with advanced degrees have only 1.67 children each. Jewish women are...

  • Media tycoon Saban Says dreams of Hillary Clinton as U.S. president

    November 29, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    Israeli-American media tycoon Haim Saban, a major donor to the U.S. Democratic party, said on Friday he would back former secretary of state Hillary Clinton with his "full might" should she run for president in 2016.

    Clinton, 66, whose four-year tenure as U.S. secretary of state...

  • Poll: Plurality of Americans support Iran deal, half say U.S. should defend Israel

    November 27, 2013 | 1:05 pm

    A plurality of Americans support the newly brokered deal with Iran, and half believe that the United States should defend Israel militarily, a new poll found.

    Some 44 percent of Americans support the interim agreement on Iran‘s nuclear program reached between Iran and six world...

  • Thanksgivukkah, Emma Lazarus & the Maccabees: Embracing our dual identity

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    November 27, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    There is something much deeper to “Thanksgivukkah” than sweet potato latkes. It is an opportunity to celebrate the blessing of our dual identity as Americans and Jews.

    In 1883, the Jewish-Sephardic-American poet Emma Lazarus was invited to write a poem for a literary auction...

  • ‘Thanksgivukkah’? Not quite

    By David Suissa

    November 25, 2013 | 6:22 pm

    It’s taken American Jews a good century to fully absorb the miraculous idea that this country is unlike any other that Jews have experienced. After 2,000 years of feeling insecure no matter where we pitched our tents, the people of Moses finally found safe harbor in the land of...

  • Polls: Most Americans support interim Iran deal

    November 22, 2013 | 10:02 am

    Two new polls released this week show most Americans surveyed support easing sanctions on Iran in exchange for a partial rollback of its nuclear program.

    A CNN poll released Thursday and conducted by ORC international showed 56 percent of respondents favored “an interim deal that...

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