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Joseph C. Kaplan
Nov 15, 2018, 10:52 PM
We Are (Not) One
One of the most overused slogans in Jewish institutional life is “We are one.” And while it often is true, it is just as often not true. Indeed, it is sometimes both true and not true concerning the same event. This idea came to mind...
Nov 15, 2018, 10:31 PM
Jewish law and the approaching caravan
About 500 troops are stationed at Base Camp Donna in South Texas. The military police, medical personnel, and army engineers stationed there are among the approximately 8,000 troops (as of this writing) who were sent to the U.S.-Mexico border to augment about 2,000 National Guard...
Nov 14, 2018, 10:25 AM
What about Farrakhan?
“I have to be careful, because I don’t want to tell the voters of Louisiana how to cast their ballot. When someone has a long record, an ugly record of racism and of bigotry, that record simply cannot be erased by the glib rhetoric of...
Nov 13, 2018, 11:58 PM
Gaining peace of mind with the PEACE OF MIND Program
“It feels very much like 1937 all over again” my 89-year-old father would often say following anti-Semitic incidents that began popping up around the U.S. My thirty-something year old son would then roll his eyes as if to say, “Grandpa’s seeing something that’s not there,...
Carol Silver Elliott
Nov 8, 2018, 5:16 PM
Get Busy Living
Next week I will be giving a leadership talk at the national Green House Project conference. The Green House Project is a movement to fundamentally change the way we provide care for older adults, moving from a setting that feels more medical and “institutional” to...
David J. Fine
Nov 2, 2018, 4:51 PM
When Shabbat was Broken
Shabbat was broken. Whether we heard about it during the day, whether at synagogue or later, or in the evening, we all heard and felt how the sacredness and peacefulness of Shabbat was shattered by the bullets of a terrible anti-Semite, a white supremacist anti-immigrant...
Michael D. Cohen
Nov 1, 2018, 11:33 PM
Building on Solidarity, Growing Away from Hate
This morning on the subway I was approached by a middle-aged Caribbean woman, a self-identified Jehovah’s Witness and Wall Street bond trader. Seeing my yarmulke, she confirmed that I was Jewish, and then it all came out — she selected me to offer all of...
Nov 1, 2018, 11:13 PM
What Trenton can do in the wake of Pittsburgh
How do you prevent terror? How do you stop someone full of rage and hate from shooting up a synagogue on Shabbat morning? And, beyond the generic you, what can we, the specific individual Jews in our New Jersey synagogues and voting booths, do to...
Nov 1, 2018, 10:56 PM
Election Day gravitas
This Tuesday is Election Day. Tuesday is our day to respond to the growing hatred in America — especially hatred against Jews — that cost the lives of 11 worshippers in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue last Shabbat. Tuesday also is our day to send...
Nov 1, 2018, 9:56 PM
Citizenship, truth, lies, murder, and voting
We shouldn’t forget the pipe bombs. That was just over a week ago, but somehow it seems like a purer, more innocent time. They didn’t explode, there were so many of them that over the course of two days we somehow became desensitized to them...