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Opinion

  • Larry will be 71 and so will Israel! Bonding with Israel still seems like a good investment!

    By jwadmin on May 15, 2019
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO My husband Larry was born the week that the State of Israel was born. For the rest of his life, his birthday celebration would be entwined with the founding of a new country. In 1961, Larry’s entire bar/bat mitzvah class and their families participated in a presentation conducted by Israeli Bond representatives. As a result, Larry’s parents, along […]
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  • Westernization of Arab demography

    By jwadmin on May 4, 2019
    Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: a US-Israel Initiative” May 1, 2019, https://bit.ly/2VBub5l “The fertility declines recorded in the Arab world over the past 30 years (1988-2018) have been profound, even revolutionary…The Arab world is in the midst of one of the most dramatic fertility declines in world history….From among the highest to among the lowest [fertility levels] in the […]
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  • Temple Gates convenes panel to discuss what  young American Jews think about Israel and Jewish identity?

    By jwadmin on May 1, 2019
    SCHENECTADY– Rabbi Cutler, senior rabbi of Congregation Gates of Heaven, will facilitate a discussion with a panel of students and higher education professionals, with diverse experiences and political orientations about the future of the American Jewish relationship to Israel on Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. the program at the temple, 852 Ashmore Ave., Schenectady will examine thoughts on the […]
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  • What a Bergen-Belsen prenup teaches us about Jewish resilience

    By jwadmin on April 24, 2019
    By HENRY ABRAMSON NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – It is jarring to see a Star of David placed between the Hebrew transliteration of the words Bergen-Belsen, the notorious Nazi concentration camp where 37,000 Jews, including Anne Frank, were murdered – and on a marriage contract, no less. But there it was, a small bureaucratic form, typed in Rabbinic Hebrew, meant to address the heartbreaking […]
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  • The Arava continues to produce new discoveries in the desert

    By jwadmin on April 24, 2019
    These photos were taken during the  recent Arava Open Day Agricultural Exhibition. Below is the Desert Raspberry and above the Flame Lily, both now successfully grown in Israel’s Arava. By TANIA PONS-ALLON In its 117-year history, Jewish National Fund (JNF-USA) has not only turned barren, unsown lands into forests and green hills, it also offers the people of Israel the […]
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  • A Jewish neshama shining bright in Alaska

    By jwadmin on April 17, 2019
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO When Dr. Liz Ross joins her fellow women congregants at Shalom Aleichem Synagogue on the bima for the blessing over the candles, she pulls the hood of her kuspuk, her traditional Native Alaskan snow dress, over her head. And on her neck, her gold Star of David catches the light of the flickering flames. A businesswoman, a […]
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  • How I almost ruined my first Passover seder

    By jwadmin on April 17, 2019
    By BRIAN D. JOHNSON MADISON, Wisconsin (JTA) – Somewhere, there’s a photograph: My future father-in-law is sitting at the head of the table. My future mother-in-law is sitting to his left and I’m sitting on his right, wearing a suit, tie and kippah. My stunningly beautiful fiancée is next to me, and the rest of the table consists of three […]
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  • A Ballad in the Key of 4G

    By jwadmin on April 17, 2019
    By EDWIN BLACK This is deeply personal. But what I have experienced should resonate with the entire Jewish community—the one we know and the one to come. In the whirlwind that seizes me and all who are communally aware, I have reached a new and stunning personal location, wedged between the searing past and the uncertain future. My story begins […]
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  • Rabbi Apple’s Passover musings

    By jwadmin on April 17, 2019
    By Rabbi RAYMOND APPLE Was matzah something new? Matzah existed before the exodus. Since the Egyptians are said to have pioneered the leavening process in baking bread, unleavened bread must previously have been the norm. Even when leavened bread became available, it was probably limited to the aristocracy and the wealthy. It was too expensive for the ordinary person, who […]
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  • She left many years ago— but  part of her heart is still there…

    By jwadmin on April 11, 2019
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO Larry and I have lived in three homes in our almost 45 years of marriage. All three have been lovely, after we made them our homes with our personal touches. None of the places we lived, however, ever could compare to the memories I have of the house in which I grew up with all of its […]
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