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Friday, December 15, 2017 4:04 pm

Opinion

  • L’Chayim: Chloé Valdary

    By jwadmin on September 15, 2017
    Pro-Israel activist and Brand Ambassador at Jersualem U Chloé Valdary talks about how as a Christian and African-American she became passionate about Israel, and about her work defending and promoting the Jewish State. With Mark S. Golub on L’Chayim.
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  • Orthodox woman is new dean of University of Chicago Divinity School

    By jwadmin on August 30, 2017
    NEW YORK CITY (JTA) –The University of Chicago Divinity School has named an Orthodox Jewish woman as its new dean. Laurie Zoloth, 67, a bioethicist and a scholar of religion and Judaic studies, became the school’s dean in July. Zoloth previously served on the faculty at Northwestern University, holding appointments in the department of religious studies and its school of […]
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  • From tantrums to Torah: Living a whole-istic Jewish life

    By jwadmin on August 23, 2017
    By RICKI D. SHAPIRO Every morning, 20-month-old Charlotte Feldman sings a song from the siddur. She knew the Hebrew word “nun” before “no.” And when she hears a Hebrew blessing, she may not know what it means, but she’s heard the cadence enough to know when to say “amen.” It’s because her parents, Rabbi Roy Feldman, spiritual leader of Congregation […]
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  • Interfaith community lists immediate response to violence, hate in Charlottesville

    By jwadmin on August 17, 2017
    The Interfaith Community in the Capital Region joined together to stand with the people of Charlottesville, Virginia against the hateful white supremacists, neo-Nazis, anti-Semites, the KKK and racists in memory of Heather Heyer, Virginia State policemen Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and  Trooper- Pilot Berk M.M. Bates and all those injured. We suggest that people in our community can send support […]
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  • 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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