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Opinion

  • Our schools’ secret shame: Anti-Semitism is a regular occurrence

    By jwadmin on August 16, 2017
    By Steve Wessler The Boston Globe The chants of “Jews won’t replace us,” shirts bearing quotes from Hitler, and signs with swastikas we saw on Saturday in Charlottesville may have startled Americans who believe that virulent anti-Semitism is a thing of the past. But for those of us who spend time listening to American middle and high school students, it was no surprise […]
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  • Solar eclipse, Elul, the moon—can we receive a miracle?

    By jwadmin on August 15, 2017
    By Melinda Ribner On Monday Aug. 21st, the astrological time of the new moon, millions of people will travel distances for an optimal vantage point to witness this total eclipse of the sun. I know people in Florida who are flying to Greenville, SC. for a more clear view of this most awesome, unusual and once in a lifetime occurrence. For a […]
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  • ‘Jew.’ Why does the word for a person of my religion sound like a slur?

    By jwadmin on August 14, 2017
    By Susan Sommercamp The Washington Post My first boss right out of college was terrific — ambitious, warm and open to friendly lunches outside the office. Then one day in December, the topic turned to her plans for Christmas. She asked where I would be celebrating the holiday, and I said, “Oh, I don’t celebrate Christmas. I’m a Jew.” She gaped. […]
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  • Reclaiming ‘Jew’

    By jwadmin on August 14, 2017
    By Mark Oppenheimer The New York Times “ ‘Jew’ is a funny word,” the comedian Louis C. K. once said, “because ‘Jew’ is the only word that is the polite thing to call a group of people and the slur for the same group.” I was reminded of these wise words on April 14, halfway through Passover and two days before […]
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  • Learning Hebrew … in Vermont!

    By jwadmin on August 9, 2017
    Jack Kaplowitz can gesture effectively—in Hebrew—after three weeks at Middlebury College, about 2.5 hours from Albany, south of Lake Champlain. By JACK KAPLOWITZ I just returned to Albany after studying Hebrew for three weeks in Vermont. Vermont? Yes, Vermont. Middlebury, Vermont, to be exact, the location of Middlebury College. And Middlebury College is clearly one of the best places, if […]
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  • Have We Learned The Lesson Of Tisha B’Av?

    By jwadmin on August 1, 2017
    By Shmuel Legesse The Jewish Press.com According the Talmud, the main reason for the destruction of the second Holy Temple was baseless hatred. As the Tosefta (additional commentaries) at the end of Tractate Menachot explain, this tragedy befell the Jewish people because “each one hates his neighbor.” The Talmud further imparts that each generation in which the Holy Temple is not rebuilt is […]
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  • Pressing question? Mom trains kids in proper laundry care

    By jwadmin on July 26, 2017
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO When one is looking for a home in today’s market, one of the featured perks is the laundry room. Multi-functioning washing machines and dryers, fancy cabinetry, shining stainless steel sinks, and granite countertops appear to make a washday a joy. What a contrast to the way my mother handled the laundry in Upstate New York in the 1950s! […]
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  • British Jews are using Facebook to create new “pop-up” communities

    By jwadmin on July 19, 2017
    Social media has empowered young British Jews who are dissatisfied with existing communal structures to create their own shared spaces. Nathan Abrams finds that digital culture serves as an important sphere for religious self-definition as well as offering a new and different encounter with Judaism. In 2008 a group of young Jews came together to form a new congregation to hold truly […]
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  • Branding Jews exotic: A Tumblr blog is documenting the way Jews are depicted in mainstream media

    By jwadmin on July 19, 2017
    Keith Kahn-Harris began noticing that articles about Jews in mainstream media were often being illustrated with photographs of strictly orthodox (Haredi) Jews despite the fact that the articles rarely discuss Haredim directly. Here Kahn-Harris discusses why he started a blog to highlight this phenomenon. The tendency to use these images, he argues, have some disturbing features: homogenizing the British Jewish community and exoticising and othering orthodox […]
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  • ‘Jewish spouses matter,’ says a new demographic study. Let the battle begin.

    By jwadmin on July 19, 2017
    By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – One of the wisest things ever said about intermarriage came from former Atlantic sports columnist Jake Simpson: “No stat could have predicted … the wonder that was David Tyree’s helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII.” Granted, Simpson wasn’t writing about the high rates of Jews marrying non-Jews. He was complaining that the growing emphasis on statistical analysis […]
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