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Opinion

  • Pure commitment to Torah

    By jwadmin on February 19, 2018
    By MORDECHAI LEWIS  “You shall command the Children of Israel that they shall bring to you pure olive oil, that is pressed to… light a candle continuously.” Why did the olive oil have to be pressed? Rashi says, “Only oil for lighting had to be pressed rather than ground because this oil had to be absolutely pure, without olive particles […]
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  • Beneficial relationship! Cosmetologist has history of aiding Jewish neighbors

    By jwadmin on February 14, 2018
    By Marilyn Shapiro As I settled into my chair at the Shalom Club table at Solivita Club Expo, I put my pocketbook on the empty chair from the Bellisimo Hair Salon, which was located next to us. A few minutes later, a young Hispanic man asked me to move it so he could sit down. “Hope you don’t mind,” he […]
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  • The civil conversations project

    By jwadmin on February 7, 2018
    Sarah Bassin and Abdullah Antepli — Holy Envy February 1, 2018 The tensions of our time are well-known. But there are stories that are not being told, because they are not violent and not shouting to be heard. One of them is that all over this country, synagogues and mosques, Muslims and Jews, have been coming to know one another. […]
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  • What really happened at the original Trefa Banquet

    By jwadmin on January 17, 2018
    By JONATHAN D. SARNA BOSTON (JTA) – In an article written for J: The Jewish News of Northern California and republished by JTA, David A.M. Wilensky describes with gusto the supposedly mouthwatering delicacies, including Peanut Butter Pie with Bacon and Pulled Pork Potato Kugel, consumed this month by “rabbis and foodies” at the Trefa Banquet 2.0 in San Francisco —complete with a communal […]
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  • After Rubashkin, Orthodox Jews should be working to create sentencing reform

    By jwadmin on January 13, 2018
    By ADENA BERKOWITZ NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – President Trump’s decision to commute the prison sentence of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, the kosher slaughterhouse executive who served eight years in prison on bank fraud and money laundering charges, resulted in a vigorous communal discussion, especially within the Orthodox community. There was a great deal of relief among those who felt his original sentence […]
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  • How do you define anti-Semitism? It’s complicated.

    By jwadmin on January 3, 2018
    By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL NEW YORK CITY (JTA)As I wrote soon after the arrest of Michael Kadar, the Israeli-American teenager accused of making hundreds of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in early 2017 : “[T]he JCC bomb threat hoax wasn’t just an isolated swastika daubing — it was an ongoing story affecting Jewish institutions in nearly every American Jewish community. It shaped a communal […]
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  • This rabbinical student is explaining Judaism to Muslims—in Arabic

    By jwadmin on January 3, 2018
    By BEN SALES NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Is it true that Judaism doesn’t accept converts? Is it true that Jews have to wash their hands before they pray? Is it true that Jews have historically killed their prophets? These are just a few of the questions Elhanan Miller has heard over the years. A fluent Arabic speaker and former Arab […]
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  • Mediterranean food gives heartburn to DNC representative Zogby!

    By jwadmin on December 29, 2017
    By STEPHEN M. FLATOW/JNS – A longtime Democratic Party official is accusing Israel, and celebrity chef Rachael Ray, of committing “cultural genocide” against the Palestinians. It’s just the latest in a long series of extremist remarks by James Zogby, but this should be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back. It’s time for the Democrats to disown Zogby. Ray’s sin […]
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  • Rob Reiner on Judaism, movies and his experience ‘home shuling’

    By jwadmin on December 20, 2017
    By CURT SCHLEIER NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – By his own admission, Rob Reiner was not the right person to direct “LBJ,” a film biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States. “I had a lot of trepidation,” he said in a telephone interview with JTA. A Changed View In addition to a successful career as an actor, […]
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  • Chanukah gifts— giving and receiving

    By jwadmin on December 20, 2017
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO Larry, my husband, and I have many “pets” in our home. A butterfly rests outside our front door, and two larger ones fly on our lanai wall. A two-foot bear clutching his “Bear Feet Only” sign greets visitors on the front porch. Pedro the Parrot hangs on a curtain rod. And various bulldogs—stuffed, ceramic, and metal, are […]
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