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The Idiot’s Guide to Ulpan
Some highly-motivated students insist on speaking Hebrew and only Hebrew. Those are the ones we don't like
Is it time to do away with Tisha B’Av?
Israel has evolved into an economic and military superpower; what must we mourn?
Israel doesn't need a nation-state bill
20% of Israel's population is not Jewish, and the democracy of the Declaration of Independence includes them
Jason Fredric Gilbert
The Watermelon War
The battle between married couples everywhere: who will pick a sweet, delicious watermelon and who will choose a dud?
When summer travel is more than vacation
Why my children carried their Israeli flags around the world, and what they learned
Poland’s narrative amounts to Holocaust denial
It was the Poles who held the Jews on the scaffold, while the Nazis tightened the noose
Reuven Bobby Weinmann
Hating the sinner
Was the Temple destroyed because the Jews hated their obvious adversaries, instead of righteously loving them as themselves?
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Women & Judaism
Sep 29, 2014, 8:22 AM
Yom Kippur: Radical Forgiveness
In the week before Rosh Hashanah, I received an email from a friend saying that I had "wronged her" and that she "forgives" me. I don’t know about you, but when someone is holding a judgment of me that...
Sep 29, 2014, 1:18 AM
Atonement Through Kindness
Starting in the Jewish month of Elul, Jews have been involved in a process of introspection and inner-refinement. The Jewish new year is focused around becoming a better person and rediscovering our life's mission. We spend much time reflecting and clarifying...
Sep 29, 2014, 12:02 AM
Leaked: Bibi’s UN Speech or at Least the Version I think Would Be Awesome: A Mash Up of this Summer’s Greatest Hits…Wiggle, Wiggle
Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu is set to give yet another UN speech this week. It will probably be focused on the evil-doers of IS (Islamic State), and other crazies like Hamas, or even the friendly moderate who cries genocide,...
Sep 28, 2014, 10:57 PM
Eight Ways To Blame Islamists When You’re Late For Work
The morning commute can be such a drag. Especially when there are all those other people in the way. Fortunately, you can leverage current events to take the focus of your own pathetic lazy habits and shine it instead...
HaDassah Sabo Milner
Sep 28, 2014, 10:08 PM
Waiting for the phone to ring
Erev Shabbat. New York. All the shopping has been done, and the cooking has been started. The phone is charged up, Skype has been turned on, music has been turned down, and the wait begins. Will they call or Skype or...
Sep 28, 2014, 9:03 PM
TO: THE FRENCH PEOPLE FR: MOLLIE RE: UM… I THINK YOU KNOW… It’s been a while. Remember, back in 1940, when the Nazis just kinda-sorta snuck their way through the Ardennes and the Low Countries into France? Remember? And it’s not like...
Sep 28, 2014, 8:17 PM
How genocide happens
The United Kingdom has entered into the war against the Islamic State in a direct way. Parliament has approved air strikes but with the caveat that the strikes are in Iraq only. Clearly Prime Minister David Cameron was afraid to...
Sep 28, 2014, 5:40 PM
Does El Al Airlines Deserve to Be Airline Shamed? #AirlineShaming
I read an article entitled “Do You Deserve to Be Passenger Shamed?” that describes a Facebook page devoted to airline passengers behaving badly. Photos of people boarding planes barefoot, sticking bare feet between the two passengers seated directly in...
Sep 28, 2014, 5:36 PM
1948-1967: The Years That Shall Not Be Named
In his latest speech at the United Nations (Full text of Mahmoud Abbas’s speech to the UN), Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas repeated yet again a long list of unsubstantiated accusations against Israel, and he demanded yet again that Israel...
Sep 28, 2014, 5:33 PM
Who by Google, who by IPO?
With investment at an all time high, Israel's business sector could use some Yom Kippur-style introspection