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  • We Need to Make Freedom Ring

    By Beit T'shuvah

    6 days ago

    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...

  • Dancing to Discover Freedom for July 4

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    1 week ago


    Cristian Oviedo Do you have a desire that is so secret it is almost unknown even to you? In Jean Kwok’s Mambo in Chinatown, we have the treat of unraveling the life of Charlie Wong:

    My name is Charlie Wong and I’m the daughter of a dancer and a noodle-maker. My mother was once a star...

  • Find Freedom! Share Your Story!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    3 weeks ago

    Where do you find FREEDOM? Share your story in the WSGT Independence Travel Writing Contest

    Thank you to the winners and all the participants in the Inspiration Travel Writing Contest. 

    Thank you for reading, commenting and being in our community! I hope you will be...

  • My 10 years of freedom: From human trafficking victim to survivor and advocate

    by Maria Suarez, Women Helping Women Bilingual Volunteer Coordinator, National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles

    June 9, 2014 | 10:22 am

    It has been 10 years since I have been free, flying like a bird! In the mid-1970s, at the age of 15, I was sold for $200 to a man who I supposed to be working for, which was not true. He was my trafficker. I was kept in his house for more than five years against my will.  During...

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  • Refugee Social Order Edition 2014

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 5, 2014 | 5:43 am

    Every year Jews gather around Seder tables to tell a defining origin story of our people - our deliverance from bondage and oppression at the hands of the Egyptians. Contained in this story is the source of Jewish ethics, reflections on history and dreams for the future. But the...

  • Giving up Bread or Internet for Passover? Finding Balance and Freedom on Tax Day

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    April 15, 2014 | 9:05 am

    Giving up Bread or Internet for Passover? Finding Balance and Freedom on Tax Day

    For the last year and a half I have been living in Asia and eating rice. As I thought about Passover approaching, I figured giving up bread for eight days would not be meaningful as I really only eat...

  • Our freedom from ourselves

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 9, 2014 | 12:58 pm

    Passover is a time of tacky text messages and Facebook statuses. Just like every other holiday, I find myself being carried away through a swirl of wishes and witty sentences which combine holiday songs' lyrics. This year, though, a status written by a good friend of mine caught my...

  • And the Oscar goes to ... Israel?

    By David Suissa

    February 26, 2014 | 2:48 pm

    There’s a good chance that when they announce the winner in the Best Documentary Feature category at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, it will be the Egyptian film “The Square.”

    It’s one of my favorite movies this year. Throughout the film, which follows the uprisings in Tahrir...

  • Israel: Savoring the Taste

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    June 24, 2013 | 1:35 am

    My friend Baruch and I wended our way up into the northern Galilee in Israel, up into the mountains. Just a few kilometers from the Blue Line – the UN determined border between Israel—we drove past an Israeli Army outpost and its patrols dressed in their heavy uniforms in all that...

  • Inspired by Alaska

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    May 10, 2013 | 7:56 am

    The theme for our first travel Writing Contest was INSPIRATION! Our Judge, Richard Bangs, selected Rachel Zimmerman Brachman's article, "The Whale and The Trampoline," as our FIRST PLACE WINNER. 

    Our INDEPENDENCE WRITING CONTEST begins May 11 and ends on July 4th. We hope...

  • Flowers For Pesach: part 1

    By Emily Stern

    March 20, 2013 | 10:56 am

    I had a dream that while we kissed
    my heart beat really fast. so fast that it split the sea.


    Forever and Ever we say that G-d reigns.
    we say that God wins.

    And like in a garden that dream was
    planted
    right before shabbat came in, your final seed
    the seed of freedom
    that...

  • Determinism & Freedom: Is One Punished for the Mistakes of One’s Parents

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 3, 2013 | 8:50 am

    Scholars have noted for centuries an apparent biblical contradiction about whether children are punished for the wrongdoing of their parents. On the one hand, Deuteronomy 24:16 says, “Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers;...

  • The Dark Side of Judaism

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 2, 2013 | 10:32 am

    On December 24th, the rabbinate of Haifa, which is one of the largest Israeli cities, sent a letter to local hotels and event halls, warning them they will lose their Kashrut supervision if they hold New Year's Eve or Christmas parties on their premises. The letter, as published on...

  • Netanyahu, Peres hail U.S. friendship, leadership on Independence Day

    July 4, 2012 | 1:43 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an Independence Day message that he “appreciate(s) deeply all that America has done for Israel.”

    The taped video message was played Tuesday night at the Independence Day celebration at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Herzliya....

  • Mister President

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 22, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    Most nations of the world have different opinions and perspectives on pretty much everything, but if there’s something I believe all western countries see eye to eye on, it is politics. Every four years or so, we all gather to choose our delegates to represent us at the...

  • Journey to freedom: Reflecting on the King memorial

    August 31, 2011 | 2:34 pm

    Time affirms what heroism discerns. The dedication of a statue in memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is a belated yet significant tribute to a man who did so much to redefine the meaning of our democracy.

    Make no mistake about it, there was a civil rights movement in the...

  • This seder honors today’s Egyptians

    April 20, 2011 | 3:51 pm

    Jews have long celebrated freedom as part of the Passover seder, but any look at a newspaper these days provides a reminder that the topic is as relevant as ever.

    Inspired by the mass uprisings in Egypt and elsewhere in North Africa and the Middle East, more than 150 people gathered...

  • A Time to Forgive

    By Misha Henckel

    September 4, 2010 | 6:14 pm

    This is the time for repentance, return, transformation – and the key to it all is forgiveness: Asking for forgiveness, and forgiving.

    We ask forgiveness of G-d and of others, and we can forgive others.

    To engage in any degree of forgiveness takes real work, digging deep, being...

  • Choosing Happiness

    By Misha Henckel

    March 30, 2010 | 11:44 pm

    As Americans we are quite ingrained with the notion of the pursuit of Happiness. It is part of our cultural DNA.  And why ever not? After all, it is enshrined in our Declaration of Independence as an unalienable right. And so, as good upstanding citizens, we spend most of our lives...

  • Friendship and freedom at Adat Chaverim

    By Tom Tugend

    September 25, 2008 | 3:11 am

    "What does it mean to be free and why is freedom so important?" was Karlo Silbiger's first question to some 20 kids ranging from 3 years to early teens.

    The youth and their parents were meeting on a recent Sunday morning to check out the offerings of Adat Chaverim (Community of...

  • VIDEO: History will be made in Beijing

    August 9, 2008 | 4:28 pm

    Director Oren Kaplan (Miriam & Shoshana hardcore gangstas) offers this 60-second ‘commercial’ for the 2008 Beijing Olympics

  • AUDIO: Iranian American Jews —Jimmy Delshad, former Mayor of Beverly Hills

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 14, 2008 | 11:47 pm

    Interview with Jimmy Delshad, former Mayor of Beverly Hills

    http://jewishjournal.com/audio/IAJPodCast20080314.mp3

    From Karmel Melamed’s Iranian American Jews blog.

     

  • Chametz and matzah symbolize internal slavery struggle

    By Reb Mimi Feigelson

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When my student Adam confronted me recently with this question "In a post-Freudian world, how can we trust the honesty of our intentions?" my response was, "Our conscious and subconscious can be likened to matzah and chametz."

    There are two ways to describe the difference between...

  • Video: From slavery to freedom

    By Rabbi Irwin Kula

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Rabbi Irwin Kula video courtesy JTN.

  • Teens can learn from Shoah survivors

    By Jonathan Kuperberg

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Kids these days all have tsuris; everyone has stress. A computer breaking down, not having cell phone service, getting grounded, and not getting a new car for a 16th birthday are all things that upset teenagers and stress them out. Yet, these are probably the worst of their problems....
  • God Was With Us That Night in the Negev

    By Daniella Kaufman

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Our bus driver Boris had been navigating the roads of the Negev for at least an hour when the whole bus suddenly shook, rattled and rolled. As we gazed out the window, we saw that Boris had left the road. All we saw was rock, dust and a little more rock. It took about two more hours...

  • Let There Be Yiddish

    By Jane Ulman

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Gut Shabbes." Synagogue vice president Donna Groman stands at the door, warmly greeting each guest. Inside, a samovar sits on a white-clothed table alongside temptingly arranged platters of homemade kugel and apple cake for the oneg.

    Tonight is a Yiddish service, Zol Zahn Shabbes...

  • Abortion Doc’s Son Weighs Thorny Past

    By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Absolute Convictions: My Father, a City and the Conflict That Divided America" by Eyal Press (Henry Holt and Co, $25).

    Every father should be a hero to his child. But a child's hero and an adult's hero are often two different people, even when they inhabit the same body. Eyal...

  • 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...

  • PASSOVER: Don’t Be a Slave to Tradition

    By Joel Haber

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When I was growing up, I never had to ask my mother what she would be serving at the seder. It was essentially the same menu every year: dishes like homemade chopped liver, chicken soup with matzah balls, turkey with gravy, mom's special "Shabbos potatoes" (first boiled then roasted...

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