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  • A Soul under Construction.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 11, 2014 | 9:09 am

    We are not born perfect- into an imperfect world.

    At birth we start with a cry.  Our grand entrance is with closed fists and our exit with open hands.  We circumcise our newborn males. Life is an exercise in humility.  Our hearts are shattered again and again as God seeks our...

  • The Undefeated Maya Angelou

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 28, 2014 | 7:51 am

    There are women in this world who become our collective mothers and heroes through unyielding kindness, female loving energy, sharp intellect, precise pen, and vulnerable hearts.

    No word can describe my love for Maya Angelou and what she meant to our world, only the fluttering in...

  • Have the Courage to Stand Up For Others

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 10, 2013 | 11:11 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    As I sit at the computer this morning to write my weekly blog, I am unable to understand the swirl of thoughts that are going through my head. I am thinking about the women in Cleveland. I am thinking about a speaker we had at Beit T’Shuvah on Wednesday...

  • Chanukah models of courage

    December 6, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    My 4-year-old son is obsessed with superheroes, dressing up at every opportunity as the superhero du jour to do battle with the bad guys lurking around the corner. (My 2-year-old daughter is just as enthusiastic, but at her age all she can really muster is a “meanie” face.)

    From...

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  • Revisiting the Mask of Purim

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    March 7, 2012 | 9:53 am

    Last Purim, this was my first post for the Jewish Journal, I had no idea what would come next! I am happy to say it has been a year full of writing success! Our YouTube Channel just went over 10,000 views! We have hosted many travel events with over 100 people in attendance! Thank...

  • Be the Change! Be Better!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    January 3, 2012 | 10:43 am

    Five years ago I went on a New Year’s cruise and made two resolutions:

    To buy a condo and to find a long-term relationship. I had been focused on these items already but now I was ready to make them happen.

    By January 18, 2007, I had my first date with George and by January 20 I...

  • Glenn Beck praises Israeli courage at Jerusalem rally [VIDEO]

    August 24, 2011 | 5:24 pm

    Hundreds gathered in Jerusalem’s Old City for broadcaster Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Courage” rally.

    More than 1,000 people gathered at Wednesday’s rally in a Jewish Quarter archeological park near the southern side of the Temple Mount, The Jerusalem Post reported. Others attended more...

  • Courage

    By Misha Henckel

    December 1, 2010 | 1:33 pm

    It takes courage to keep moving forward when you don’t know exactly where you’re going, and when life’s twists and turns have left you more than a little unsure of yourself. It takes courage… And it takes a deep belief in oneself to not give up when it seems like the odds are...

  • Acceptance

    By Misha Henckel

    October 19, 2010 | 8:36 pm

    Seems like we are walking through times that are filled with all sorts of difficulties, and it is quite universal. Almost everyone I know is feeling it in one way or another, whether in their pocketbook, their significant relationship or marriage, their health, or with the loss of...

  • Sarah Silverman: My kinda woman…

    By Jay Firestone

    July 1, 2010 | 3:47 pm

    Last Friday night I had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah Silverman just before a book signing and Q&A with Sandra Tsing Loh at the Writers Guild Theatre (a Writers Bloc event).  Her new book,”The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee” is a collection of stories and...

  • VIDEO: Virtual Rabbi David presents ‘The Jewish Olympics’

    August 22, 2008 | 10:12 pm

    Virtual Rabbi (and Olympics fan) David Paskin presents a Shabbat message based on the determination and dedication of Olympic athletes.

    David Paskin, or Rabbi David as he is known by his congregants, is an accomplished spiritual leader, singer/songwriter, entertainer and award-winning Jewish educator. For more than a decade, David has served as full-time Spiritual Leader of Temple Beth Abraham in Canton, Massachusetts

     

  • Courage Under Fire

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Tziporah enjoyed extraordinary social status within her native land. But after Yitro, the priest of Midian, gave his precious daughter as a wife for Moshe, she was the subject of gossip among a new people (Bamidbar 12:1). Hakodesh Barukh Hu intervened on Tziporah's behalf, but there...
  • Film Strips Glamour Off Wartime Deeds

    By Tom Tugend

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Each nation has to come to terms with its past. For the Germans, it's the Holocaust, and for the French, it's their collaboration with the Nazi and Vichy regimes.

    I remember when my infantry company landed in southern France in 1944, my mind was full of heroic newspaper and movie...

  • Runaway Bride Redux

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's your wedding day. The rabbi pronounces you married. Your new husband steps on the glass -- and it flies across the room, hits a wall and doesn't even crack.

    Sound like a nightmare?

    It happened to author Eileen Rendahl -- and to Chloe Sachs, the heroine of Rendahl's latest...

  • First Person - A Coming Out (of Egypt) Story

    By Jeff Bernhardt

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sixteen years ago this month, I planned to take the Passover message of liberation to heart. I was going to come out of the closet to my sister and my parents and, in doing so, free myself from the bondage of keeping this huge and personal part of me from them. I was going to...

  • A Big Impression

    By Wildman Weiner

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I'm too old to have heroes. But for those who live their lives with courage, I can make an exception. Like the Impressionists, for instance, whose lives of self-sacrifice I was trying to share with my class of older adults.

    "OK, everyone," I say, "whoever's not here, raise your...

  • Out of the Shadows

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    It is the middle of the night. I hear a strange sound in the living room.

    Heart pounding, I get out of bed, grope awkwardly through darkness for the light switch ... push up ... nothing happens. I try another switch. No light. I feel desperately alone. My surroundings remain one...

  • The Legacy of a Folk Hero

    By Carolyn Hester

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As fate would have it, back in 1961, while at Columbia Records making my third folk music album, I invited my friend, Bob Dylan, to play harmonica on the LP. It was I who introduced Dylan to John Hammond. The influential Columbia Records executive produced albums for legendary jazz...

  • Life at a Standstill

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The recent tragic hurricanes in the South have been difficult to watch. One of the more difficult chapters of this saga was when the mayor of New Orleans, in his zeal to rebuild the city as quickly as possible, called upon the residents to return to certain sections of the city. But...

  • Fear and Loathing on the Left

    By Lucy Michaels

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    It has only been in recent months that I've found the courage to speak to some of my Jewish and non-Jewish friends within the Palestinian solidarity community, and the broader anti-globalization/anti-war movement, about the difficulties I have experienced as a Jew within that...

  • Jehovah’s Witness Recalls Nazi Capture

    By David Finnigan

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A 99-year-old Jehovah's Witness who survived Nazi persecution has been touring the United States and giving people a face to put on the usually obscure story of the estimated 2,000 Jehovah's Witnesses killed in the Holocaust.

    Once an Austrian farmhand persecuted in World War II...

  • The Safe Unsafe

    By Adam Gilad

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    You date. You go to dinners. The beach. A friend's showcase. You retell your charming story until you hate every polished detail.

    You laugh, you listen, you communicate varying measures of maturity and audacity. You venture forward as sincerely as caution allows and then one day,...

  • The Pacifist Who Fought Hitler

    By Tom Tugend

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Early in the Nazi regime, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a rising young Protestant minister and theologian, was asked by his twin sister to speak at the funeral of her Jewish husband.

    Bonhoeffer consulted his church superiors and refused. Later, tormented by his decision, he asked himself,...

  • Sharon Loses Some Influence With Bush

    By Leslie Susser

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    After President Bush's late July meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers, one thing is clear: Ariel Sharon no longer will have things all his own way in Washington.

    Bush pointedly expressed admiration and respect for Mahmoud Abbas, the new Palestinian Authority...

  • Marlene Marks’ Spirit on the Web

    By Beverly Gray

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Being treated for cancer is no one's idea of fun. But a new Web site, www.chemochicks.com, is bringing moral support and an irreverent sense of humor to women undergoing chemotherapy. The colorful, breezy site gives female cancer patients a place to gripe, share inspiring stories and...

  • Georgian Life

    By Amy Klein

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What is the meaning of courage?

    In Hollywood, it is often the brave, handsome soldier who risks his life, or the enterprising businesswoman who succeeds against all odds. The triumph of the individual: that's the American Way.

    But not all cultures glorify that path, and when faced...

  • A Hero

    By Rob Eshman

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A Hero

    As The Journal went to press last week, word came that terrorist kidnappers in Pakistan had brutally murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

    The news broke upon us with a special sting. Even as I write this, almost a week later, the sadness is acute,...

  • Families Cling to Hope

    By Michael J. Jordan

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Tale after tale of courage and heroism are emerging from the wreckage of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil.

    Take, for example, the story of Richard Allen Pearlman, who at the age of 18 was one of the tragedy's youngest heroes -- and victims.

    Richard was dropping off a...

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