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Please, pro-Israel Democrats: Rescue your party
Dems, I must ask you: Is winning in the Midterms worth the price of sacrificing your ideals, of electing radical, Israel-hostile candidates?
The day I witnessed a hit-and-run
I didn’t tell the cops what I saw because I’m Jewish, but because I’m human
Why did God choose Abraham?
How do you know what difference you’re supposed make in your home, your community, and the world at large?
Farrakhan says he is an anti-termite
Without his social acceptance and the power it brings, he’d be just another racist preacher selling hate on the corner of Nowhere and Irrelevant
Why Roseanne Barr and Shmuley Boteach need each other
Their apology roadshow aims at using the imperfect vessel of celebrity to offer up Jewish values and Jewish politics
For, with, to, by -- 4 aspects of a Godly journey
To be a child of Abraham is to have the courage to challenge the idols of the age, whatever the idols and whenever the age
Israel and polar bears
President Reuven Rivlin told me, ‘I am jealous of you! You made aliyah. You got to do what Abraham our forefather did!’
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Women & Judaism
PARSHA POSTS: LECH LECHA
Israel: Jewish and Democratic
Death and Mourning
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Oct 21, 2018, 8:14 AM
News from the gender wars and sexual abuse
Years after the Norway government finally apologized for its citizens co-executing the Holocaust (the Netherlands has not done so yet), it has now apologized for abuse after the war of German soldiers' girlfriends. (Norway men in relations with German...
Oct 21, 2018, 8:11 AM
Has Yad Vashem failed? The Search for Reinhold Chrystman… And ‘Choice’
My mother rarely spoke about the Glass Factory in Piotrków Trybunalski. She worked there with her family as slave labor. They were grateful to have the work permits. Without the cherished work permits, they were useless lives to the...
Ilana K. Levinsky
Oct 21, 2018, 8:07 AM
Food and Architecture Coexist in Tel Aviv-Jaffa
One of my favorite eating locations is dining inside or along the ancient-looking buildings in Jaffa (Yaffo in Hebrew), a city believed to have been founded by Japheth, son of Noah. The city’s 4000-year-old history is an integral part...
Grant Arthur Gochin
Oct 21, 2018, 7:58 AM
Blacks and Jews
Growing up in Apartheid South Africa, “Blood River Day” (or Dingaan's Day) was a primary national holiday. The day celebrated the victory of white Colonialists over the indigenous black population. The name recalled that a visible consequence of the...
Oct 21, 2018, 7:56 AM
The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 11
We must discuss the purpose of kaddish. What is it, exactly, that I'm doing this year? (Depends on whom you ask.) This is a major, running theme of Leon Wieseltier's book Kaddish. He writes (pp. 40-41): A story about Rabbi Akiva introduces...
Oct 21, 2018, 7:54 AM
Once upon a time in the land of my exile, I fled from my Jewish indigenous heritage. I am ashamed to admit that I was ashamed to say it. Or to believe it. Native son? In my colonized head...
Ariel Ben Avraham
Oct 21, 2018, 7:53 AM
Vayeira: Without goodness, what’s the point?
“And the Lord said, ‘Because the outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah has become great, and because their sin has been exceeding grave. I will descend and see. If they act according to its outcry that has come to Me,...
Oct 20, 2018, 10:20 PM
I told my kids how the story ends
I told my kid how the story ends today. Yup. Just like that. The ultimate spoiler. Ultimate end of the story spoiler dot com. We were walking from our little house that's covered in vines to the cafe down the...
Oct 20, 2018, 10:11 PM
Shabbat Shalom and Good Luck On The Jackpot
The Mega Millions jackpot is up to an astonishing $1,600,000,000! This is the largest lottery in U.S. history, where instantly you become one of the richest people in the world. At the kiddush after shul today, it didn't take long for...
Roger M. Kaye
Oct 20, 2018, 10:10 PM
Not a Fairy Story
Before you read this Blog, you must read the Telegraph’s news item “Frozen star Kristen Bell speaks out over 'weird' prince's inappropriate kiss in Snow White” (Nick Allen, 18 October 2018). Otherwise you will be sure that I am...