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Taylor Jones, El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico
Some things never change
Taylor Jones, El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico
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Trump Influence
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Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons
Trump Influence
Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons
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editorial
Save planet Earth
While it makes us nervous that the United States is now “aligned” with Syria and Nicaragua as the only other country that is not a member of the Paris climate accord, the real significance of Presi...
Jun 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reunited Jerusalem at 50
The celebrations of 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem have been going on in that city since last month’s Jerusalem Day. This week, with the anniversary of the Six Day War on the secular...
Jun 07, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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A nastier, more brutish budget
National Jewish organizations are notoriously prolific when it comes to issuing press releases. So the near silence that followed the issuance of President Donald Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget on Ma...
Jun 01, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Haredi Israel in 2059
Israel’s fast-growing haredi Orthodox population is, in many ways, distinct from mainstream Jewish Israelis, whether secular, traditional or modern Orthodox. Like many Israeli Arabs, large segments...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Recipes for disunity
For decades, Haredi-Orthodox authorities have sought to tighten their control over Israel’s already strict interpretation of personal status questions, such as who may marry and whose conversions a...
May 18, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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The toxic brew of politics and religion
Here’s a thought experiment: Imagine your rabbi dedicating his Yom Kippur sermon to why he will be voting for Candidate X come Election Day, and why you should, as well. Now suppose the rabbi made ...
May 11, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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opinion
Jeremy Corbyn didn’t sin, so British Jews shouldn’t give up on Labour
For me, the main takeaway from the British election June 8 was that Jeremy Corbyn, the far-left leader of the opposition Labour party, didn’t win it. Most of the ridicule in the wake of the electio...
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Judaism requires us to pursue the goals of the Paris climate accords
The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement has demanded that we all ask ourselves where we stand on questions of climate change, global warming and our collect...
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Netanyahu calls Trump’s bluff on settlement construction
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apparently wants to convince us that he is not interested in reaching a peace deal, but in maintaining power by catering to his radical right flank and the...
Jun 14, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israel critics accidentally admit there is no ‘occupation’
Noted literary couple Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have discovered a new cause: the evils of “the Israeli occupation of the Palestinians.” Having become experts on the subject after one brief ...
Jun 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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From Greeley, Colo., to Manchester, England
For those — like me — who’d never really given any thought to singer Ariana Grande before the terrorist atrocity at her concert in the British city of Manchester, it took a few minutes to figure ou...
Jun 07, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Did President Trump deliver on his first overseas trip?
As I began writing this piece, President Donald Trump was flying on Air Force One heading to Saudi Arabia. There he met with leaders from the Gulf Arab states and others from across the Muslim worl...
May 31, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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The noxious notion of Jewish privilege
In March, anti-Semitic posters were spread across the University of Illinois at Chicago attacking “white privilege” and going further by charging that white privilege is primarily “Jewish privilege...
May 31, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Archives
Badge of honor turns into a mark of shame
by Larry Levey, Guest Columnist
Mar 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 111 111 recommendations | email to a friend
As former director of Jews for Judaism, I used to view my Orthodox Judaism as a badge of honor. I was part of a group that was upholding the values of my ancestors, values that had fundamentally sh...
Sour on Sarsour
Mar 02, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 129 129 recommendations | email to a friend
What’s Linda Sarsour’s angle? The American activist, who was a surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders during his presidential campaign and an organizer of the Women’s March that brought half a million p...
Online Talmud the next great technological innovation
by Rabbi Danny Schiff, Guest Columnist
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 127 127 recommendations | email to a friend
When the history of Jewish texts comes to be written, Feb. 7, 2017, will likely be regarded as an important turning point. Why? Here’s what happened. For the first time, the extraordinary Steinsalt...
Loving your fellow as yourself
by Howard M. Rieger, Guest Columnist
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 113 113 recommendations | email to a friend
With the term refugee having become a pejorative in many quarters, this is an appropriate time to reflect upon the plight of our own people during the countless years when we faced situations that ...
A school protects its children
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 134 134 recommendations | email to a friend
The first impulse of most institutions when confronted by an accusation of child abuse by one of its staff is to squelch it. High-profile examples include the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, ...
Welcome all the strangers
by Jeffrey D. Freedman and Jordan Golin, Guest Columnists
Feb 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 130 130 recommendations | email to a friend
As leaders of a local nonprofit that works to resettle refugees and assist immigrants, we are proud to reflect the Jewish community’s long history of helping those in need — whether Jewish or genti...
HIAS should return to its roots
by Abraham H. Miller, Guest Columnist
Feb 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 122 122 recommendations | email to a friend
Imagine you are an impoverished religious Jew living in Paris. You can no longer wear religious garb out of fear of being set upon by assailants from North Africa who will beat you to within an inc...
Everyone’s Talmud
Feb 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 137 137 recommendations | email to a friend
Until modern times, the Talmud was a major Jewish preoccupation. This sprawling compendium of the law, lore and commentary of successive generations of early rabbinic scholars provided Jews with a ...
Holocaust Remembrance Day must include mention of Jews
by Lauren Apter Bairnsfather, Guest Columnist
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 142 142 recommendations | email to a friend
My first job out of college was for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). My interest in the Holocaust centered on Jewish victims and survivors. I had a visceral objection to thinkin...
What did we know and when did we know it?
by Howard M. Rieger, Guest Columnist
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 134 134 recommendations | email to a friend
The new administration’s executive order affecting travel to the United States by individuals from a select group of countries, its “universalized” statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day and its ea...