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Dec 6, 2018, 7:42 AM
Chanukah, Celebration of Religious Liberty; Hate Has No Home in Classic Judaism
The Jewish holiday of Chanukah is an annual eight-day celebration of religious liberty and freedom from oppression. It centers on the lighting of the Chanukah menorah[i] as a means of publicizing the miracle of the oil, which the Talmud[ii] explains is the basis for the...
Hiam Simon and Mark Gold
Dec 2, 2018, 11:58 PM
Fruit from the Tree of Hate created the Attack at Tree of Life
Just days before this year’s Chanukah celebration begins, we reach the end of the shloshim for the 11 murdered at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life-Or L’Simcha congregation. As the wave of the initial shock subsides, we have not only the opportunity but also the responsibility to...
Nov 30, 2018, 10:02 AM
#Me Three-A Regimen for Mitigating Against a Future Outbreak of #Me Too
The #Me Too movement exposed serious systemic flaws in how some people conduct themselves in relation to others in the workplace and elsewhere. There appears to be no ready cure for genuine predators, who prey on the defenseless. However, what about the rest of us?...
Nov 30, 2018, 3:10 AM
Saying Tehillim in the Rain
My childhood friend’s child died suddenly and tragically, and I can’t seem to think about anything else. Thanksgiving has just ended, and Chanukah is a week away, but I can’t shake the image of the bright light that was just snuffed out, and the unspeakable...
Joseph C. Kaplan
Nov 30, 2018, 2:03 AM
Still Bound for Glory After all these Years
I’ve been writing this column for the Jewish Standard/Times of Israel for almost three years, but it’s not my first steady gig as a columnist. More than 50 years ago, while a senior at Yeshiva University, I wrote a column for the Commentator, our college...
Nov 29, 2018, 9:07 PM
Free press, independent judiciary: The Torah vs. Donald Trump
President Trump’s recent sustained attacks on the federal judiciary and the media are at best ill-advised, and at worst pose a serious threat to American democracy, precisely because the judiciary and the media are two of our democracy’s most important pillars. “Our liberty depends on...
Nov 29, 2018, 3:27 PM
Working Out in the West Bank
Some 30 years ago, as I was pushing 30 (Remember that? Never trust anyone over 30!), I decided to participate in a research program being sponsored at the time by the Psychology Department of FDU in Teaneck, New Jersey. The purpose of the 25 week...
Daniel D. Edelman
Nov 28, 2018, 10:38 PM
The Great Rabbis in Political Orthodoxy
Recently, a large modern Orthodox synagogue hosted the eleventh in a monthly lecture series called “Great Rabbis of the Twentieth Century.” It was not unexpected that an Orthodox synagogue would limit the series to Orthodox rabbis. It was surprising, however, that ten of the eleven...
Nov 28, 2018, 7:28 PM
Supporting Jewish Family and Children’s Services helps all of us
Last Sunday, the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey had its annual gala, where representatives talked about the work they do. It’s such important work. It’s not exciting work. It’s not sexy at all. That much is absolutely clear. As exciting as...
Carol Silver Elliott
Nov 26, 2018, 10:20 PM
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the national conference of the Green House Project. The Green House movement is an initiative to truly transform the lives of older adults by creating living environments that are truly home, that focus on...