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Opinion

  • Jewish Conservatism: A Manifesto

    By jwadmin on April 26, 2017
    From Commentary magazine Headnote by John Podhoretz The 12,000 word article that leads this issue of Commentary—“Jewish Conservatism: A Manifesto,” by Eric Cohen and Aylana Meisel—is a magisterial effort to codify the ideas on which American Jews of a non-liberal bent can agree and begin to work together to advance over the coming decades. What Cohen and Meisel have done […]
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  • Historians Run Amok

    By jwadmin on April 7, 2017
    by Daniel Pipes Cross-posted from National Review Online http://www.meforum.org/blog/2017/04/historians-run-amok The eminent historian Niall Ferguson has devastatingly skewered his (and my) field of study in a talk for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, subsequently published as “The Decline and Fall of History.” He starts with the empirical fact that undergraduates are running away from studying history: compared with 1971 […]
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  • UAlbany Visiting Scholar Rabbi David Gordis to lead “Synagogue Scholars” talk on death, dying

    By jwadmin on April 5, 2017
    ALBANY–B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation continues its  “Synagogue Scholars” series with a talk by Rabbi David Gordis, senior visiting scholar at the University at Albany, on death and dying. Gordis will present, “Anticipating the Inevitable: Thoughts on Death and Dying,” immediately following the congregation’s Friday, April 21, Shabbat service. The service and program, open to all, begin at 8 p.m.  B’nai Sholom is located at […]
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  • The “Jew Killing Hadith” And The Myth of An Antisemitic Genocide In Muslim Scripture

    By jwadmin on March 29, 2017
    How an apocalyptic tradition played into the hands of anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim hatemongers The Huffington Post A Jordanian cleric visiting Canada recently misleadingly cited a hadith without context or explanation, which rightly triggered condemnations from the Muslim community as well as numerous headlines around the world. A hadith is an oral report transmitted from the Prophet Muhammad, and can be […]
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  • The Real Trump Link in the Threats on Jews

    By jwadmin on March 29, 2017
    By  EVELYN GORDON Commentary Magazine The arrest of a Jewish American-Israeli teen for making hundreds of bomb threats against American Jewish institutions in recent months seems to put paid to the favorite explanation advanced by both American Jews and the broader American left–i.e., that Donald Trump’s election empowered right-wing anti-Semites, leading to an upsurge in anti-Semitic acts. Yet the fact […]
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  • The U.S. Sharing More of the Anti-ISIS Campaign Burden

    By jwadmin on March 29, 2017
    By MAX BOOT Commentary Magazine During the campaign, Donald Trump vowed: “We are going to convey my top generals and give them a simple instruction. They will have 30 days to submit to the Oval Office a plan for soundly and quickly defeating ISIS. We have no choice.” Those 30 days have passed (Tuesday is day 67 of the presidency) and […]
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  • Migrating to America: How my great-aunt made it a success story for my mother’s family

    By jwadmin on March 20, 2017
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO The history of the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of New York City is intertwined with my mother’s family and in particular, my smart, generous, resourceful Aunt Lil. The Family Tree My mother’s family story began in Ragola, a small shtetl in the southeast part of Lithuania. My grandmother’s Ethel’s birth mother Channah married Buck (first name […]
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  • Watch A Priest, Rabbi And Atheist Smoke Weed And Talk Religion

    By jwadmin on March 17, 2017
    By Ron Dicker The Huffington Post – They seek the truth from on high. A rabbi, a priest and an atheist share bong hits and philosophy in a viral video posted Wednesday. This isn’t a bar joke. The clip was produced by Cut in Washington state, where recreational marijuana use is legal. The rabbi, Jim Mirel, is the Rabbi Emeritus at […]
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  • Feminism and Purim: Reflections of female religious leaders of four denominations

    By jwadmin on March 8, 2017
    By ALINA DAIN SHARON/JNS.org In the Book of Esther’s Chapter 4, verse 14, Mordechai encourages his niece, Queen Esther, to use her influence with King Ahasuerus. “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have […]
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  • From pizza to shuksuka and hamantaschen; neighborhood kid becomes New Orleans rabbi

    By jwadmin on March 1, 2017
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO My husband Larry and I missed the Pizza Boy’s bris. Diane Silverman, who would be the future Pizza Boy’s mom, and I met in 1977. The two of us, along with several other new members, sat together at an event sponsored by the Clifton Park Hadassah. Within a year, all the women around the table were expecting. Our […]
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