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Helen Maryles Shankman
What do I wear to my daughter's wedding?
I wear black. Just black. All the time. But the bride wants me in gold
I’m a Democrat; my support for Israel doesn’t waver
We Democrats must stay true to our principles, and that means staying true to the one democracy in the Middle East
My new parenting goal: To be like God
From toilet training to conversations about consensual sex, my 6 kids need different kinds of love and attention
Singing out water from the rock
Haazinu is an ode to God, to our relationship with God, and to the magnificence of Torah; this is my ode to Haazinu
Emotional intelligence (Ha’azinu 5779)
To entrench Torah in the hearts of the Israelites, Moses turned to song — music, poetry, literature, and metaphor
On Israel and Duterte: It’s complicated, but good
It was our professional obligation to host him, and the fruits of the visit are already evident
Our former rabbi victimized women. Here's how we made our synagogue safer.
Kesher Israel reacted swiftly and decisively to the illegal actions by its longtime rabbi Barry Freundel
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PARSHA POSTS: VAYELECH
Death and Mourning
Sep 22, 2018, 10:47 PM
Commemorating the Murder of Jews, Avoiding Responsibility
There is a strong trend in Hungary today to present the destruction of Hungarian Jewry during the Holocaust as an exclusively German crime and, except for a small group of Hungarian thugs, to ignore the role and responsibility of...
Sep 22, 2018, 10:45 PM
Professor Uses Politics To Punish A Student
An American university professor who declined to write a letter of recommendation for a Jewish student intending to study in Israel for a semester acted in a discriminatory manner at odds with the hallowed principles of academic freedom. John Cheney-Lippold,...
Sep 22, 2018, 10:26 PM
The Looming Constitutional Crisis in Israel
An abridged version of this essay was published in The Algemeiner. Few laws in recent Israeli history have received as much scrutiny as did the “Nation State Law”. The raging debate about the law’s merits and drawbacks has hopefully exhausted...
Sep 22, 2018, 10:26 PM
Sukkot: How Humanity Can Live in Harmony Under One Roof
Home is now a relative concept for masses of people across the globe. Every day, the pursuit of better opportunities and jobs prompts many to migrate to new locations. Record numbers simply have no option and are forcibly displaced...
Sep 22, 2018, 8:10 PM
In Memory of Ari Fuld: A Life Changing Shiva Visit
“Israel is acquired through painful sacrifice.” On several occasions, Rabbi Yonah Fuld, father of Ari who was murdered a day earlier, said these words. He went on – “Until now I’ve never experienced this reality…now I understand.” Together with Rabbi...
Sep 22, 2018, 6:07 PM
Yom Kippur: Some Personal Reflections and Lessons
Forty-five years ago, on that ill-fated Saturday afternoon, the piercing sirens shattered our lives. I know this is a well-trodden cliché but this is how it happened. My brother and I were at our mother’s flat in Haifa, rejoicing...
Roger M. Kaye
Sep 22, 2018, 6:04 PM
An old joke tells of the Israeli returning to Tel Aviv after some years living in New York. A friend asks him how it was in New York. “Oh, I can’t complain,” he replies. “How was the food?” “Can’t complain.” “And...
Taylor Jade King
Sep 22, 2018, 2:18 PM
Towels on the Judaica and Dreams
I sit at the desk in my bedroom in what I call my Jewish Corner—the section of my room that contains my certificates from my time living in Israel as an Israel Teaching Fellow and all the Judaica I...
Sep 22, 2018, 9:33 AM
Moving to Tel Aviv? Here’s what you should know.
Last month, I was posed the question, "What should I know before moving to Tel Aviv?", and I thought I'd share my answer with everyone. 1. Weather: Tel Aviv is hot during it's very long summers, which begin in May and...
Elaine Rosenberg Miller
Sep 22, 2018, 9:32 AM
All our lives, my sister and I had heard about my father’s aunt, how she had stayed behind with her elderly parents as her siblings and their families fled towards the Soviet Union at the end of the lull...