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Opinion

  • 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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  • I Was a Muslim in Trump’s White House

    By jwadmin on February 23, 2017
    When President Obama left, I stayed on at the National Security Council in order to serve my country. I lasted eight days. By Rumana Ahmed The Atlantic In 2011, I was hired, straight out of college, to work at the White House and eventually the National Security Council. My job there was to promote and protect the best of what […]
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  • Trump has a new idea for Middle East peace! Except it isn’t new at all.

    By jwadmin on February 20, 2017
    By Jackson Diehl The Washington Post  Donald Trump has surveyed the wreckage of decades of failed Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, considered the world full of challenges his administration faces, and somehow concluded that . . . he’s going to be the president who brokers a comprehensive Mideast deal. “It might be a bigger and better deal than people in this room even understand,” he […]
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  • Honor the memory of Nazi victims by speaking out against anti-Semitism

    By jwadmin on February 1, 2017
      By DANNY DANON NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – The world comes together every Jan. 27 to remember the most devastating tragedy in history: the Shoah. We remember the victims of the Nazi regime. The loved ones lost and the shameful treatment of human life and human dignity. We also make sure to remember our history, as painful as it may […]
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  • This is the moment for an Israeli victory!

    By jwadmin on January 25, 2017
    By DANIEL PIPES The U.S.-sponsored Israeli–Palestinian “peace process” began in December 1988, when Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasir Arafat met American conditions and “accepted United Nations Security Council resolutions 242 and 338, recognized Israel’s right to exist and renounced terrorism” (actually, given Arafat’s heavily accented English, it sounded like he “renounced tourism”). That peace process screeched to an end in […]
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  • Opinion: Obama’s self-revealing final act

    By jwadmin on January 21, 2017
    By Charles Krauthammer Opinion writer January 19 The Washington Post – Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were, in part, overshadowed by a successor who refused to come in quietly and, in part, by Obama’s own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about Obama’s last acts. Two of them were simply […]
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  • Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump already face the halacha police…

    By jwadmin on January 20, 2017
    By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – President-elect Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, attended the Inauguration Day service Friday, Jan. 20, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, a tradition that goes back to 1933. The live video showed the Trumps shaking hands with the pastor and entering the church, followed by his daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner. No […]
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