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Yishai Shalom ben Avraham vSarah
Feb 20, 2019, 10:13 PM
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and the convert
I don’t remember the last time I lived in a place with cable or satellite television. In the past few years, I’ve joined many millennials and haven’t watched TV proper in a long time. Not since I started graduate...
Feb 14, 2019, 3:59 PM
Eli Yishai’s hatred is not just for my kids
The Yachad party's desperate campaign is loaded with homophobia and a list of other hatreds
Feb 11, 2019, 7:42 PM
Conservative Judaism: A Clash of Sociology and Theology
Sociology From 1880 through 1920 there was an influx of almost 2 million Jews, mostly from Eastern Europe, into America. These Jews, those willing to leave the religiously intense shtetls to go to the ‘treife medina’ of America, were not...
Beth G. Kopin
Feb 7, 2019, 2:37 PM
Candy stripes and the road
Did you ever notice how Israeli parking is dictated by colors painted on the curb? Which are then ignored when the rules get in the way
Feb 5, 2019, 2:22 PM
Sowing seeds of the future we want to see
I got a phone call asking me if I could arrange to open the Ohel Menashe building for a school group. As a member of this Masorti (Conservative) community and as I am typically in the area, I happily...
Jan 31, 2019, 6:48 PM
Conservative Judaism – Pew Numbers Reassessed
Jewish decision-makers and funders in Israel, the USA, and around the world in part shape allocations and the dispensing of positions of influence on the basis of demographic studies. When interpretations of these studies are misapplied, too often pivotal...
Dana Janine Diamond
Jan 28, 2019, 8:43 PM
This bill, granting more rights and legal standing to child sexual abuse victims, has been before the NY Senate for 20 years. Now, finally, with Dems in control, the bill will be made law. What does it tell you that...
Allen S. Maller
Jan 25, 2019, 11:50 PM
“Abraham listened to my voice; abiding by my …Torah” Genesis 26:5
How can the word Torah appear in the Torah before the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai? Torah has the general meaning of teaching, so teaching or law is often used to translate the word Torah. But the Genesis...
Jan 11, 2019, 7:11 PM
The Month Of Shevat: Striving to Climb Up the Tree of Life
I enjoy teaching Jewish values and ritual through Torah and the Siddur to those who are younger than I am. An Expression that I was taught was: “Climb Up the Tree of Life.” But, the struggle becomes, how does...
Jan 11, 2019, 8:21 AM
The Month of Shevat: Striving for Positivity
On Monday night, at my Nosh and Drash class, my teacher passed around a bag that had a word inside. When seeing the word, our job was to say one positive and one negative thing. However, this task proved...