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Personal Stories

  • 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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  • The true colors of the UN and Israel

    By jwadmin on July 12, 2017
    By Shmuel Legesse The Times of Israel In the course of human history, citizens of the world and their leaders and governments have accomplished much good by creating international organizations for peaceful negotiation among peoples and nations.  In the early 20th century, much of the free world banded together to form the League of Nations, which failed to accomplish its mission […]
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  • Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner? Can we agree to disagree?

    By jwadmin on July 12, 2017
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO According to the Bipartisanship Policy Center, our country’s history of working across the aisle can be traced back to as early as 1787. Our founding fathers, struggling with congressional representation regarding the populations of the colonies, reached what later was know as the Great Compromise. It was decided that our new government would exist with a proportional […]
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  • Summertime and the swimming is easy…Getting into the swim of things: From risk to enjoyment!

    By jwadmin on June 27, 2017
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO As schools let out for the summer, children will head for the beach or go to a pool. Fortunately, my own first experiences with swimming did not seriously hurt my current enjoyment of the sport. In 1952, my parents moved our family from Potsdam to Keeseville. Both were small upstate New York towns. But whereas Potsdam had […]
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  • What If: Fifty Years After the Six-Day War

    By jwadmin on June 8, 2017
    by Daniel Pipes The Washington Times June 5, 2017 Originally published under the title “Fifty Years After the Six-Day War.” Israel’s military triumph over three enemy states in June 1967 is the most outstandingly successful war of all recorded history. The Six-Day War was also deeply consequential for the Middle East, establishing the permanence of the Jewish state, dealing a […]
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  • Opinion: Shavuot—breaking the tablets, and putting them back together!

    By jwadmin on May 24, 2017
    By ADINA LEWITTES NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Shavuot, which begins at sundown May 30, focuses on Moses receiving the tablets of the law. But a fascinating part of the story is when he shatters them. In an astounding midrash, or rabbinic commentary, Moses’ act is portrayed as the epitome of loyalty to the people, but also teaches God about community and continuity. Descending Mount […]
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  • Misplacing items, but holding on to the important stuff— Marilyn is no Sherlock Holmes

    By jwadmin on May 17, 2017
    Mostly it is loss, which teaches us about the worth of things—Schopenhauer By MARILYN SHAPIRO I have spent half of my life looking for things I’ve misplaced. I have spent the other half finding things for Larry, my husband, which he claims that I lost to make his life more difficult. Recently I was visiting my daughter Julie, her husband Sam, […]
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  • Unpacking Community Study on Interfaith Families

    By jwadmin on May 16, 2017
    Jewish Atlanta must work across institutions to welcome all those who want to participate in Judaism. By RABBI MALKA PACKER Over coffee, Debra shared a story of unexpected heartbreak. After five years together, she and her partner had become engaged. She was thrilled to call a synagogue for an officiant. When the secretary asked whether Debra’s partner was Jewish, and she […]
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  • No holds barred: A Chabad rabbi apologizes for meeting the pope

    By jwadmin on May 16, 2017
    By: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach The Jerusalem Post Twenty-three years ago, I was forced to resign as Chabad rabbi to the Jewish students at Oxford University. The reason: I had some 5,000 non-Jewish student members of our organization, the Oxford University L’Chaim Society, a fact brought into stark relief through the presidency of an African-American Christian student from New Jersey named […]
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  • My lesson in free speech: As a Jew, meeting with Holocaust deniers actually left me feeling empowered

    By jwadmin on May 10, 2017
    By Mark Oppenheimer LA Times – In 2009, I interviewed Mark Weber and Bradley Smith, two amateur historians notorious for being among the leading Holocaust “revisionists.” Smith is an old-school denier, dubious about the existence of gas chambers, while Weber merely believes that Jews exaggerate history to help consolidate Zionist power. I interviewed Weber in his offices outside Los Angeles, and […]
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