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Personal Stories

  • Why Did Obama Pander to the UN’s Stunning Anti-Israel Bias?

    By jwadmin on January 13, 2017
    By Maajid Nawaz The Daily Beast LONDON—Just before Christmas the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2334, condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank. By allowing the motion to pass, President Barack Obama crowned his miserable track record in the Middle East with one last high school debating gesture. This was then embellished by Secretary of State John Kerry’s warning […]
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  • Making the connection—We can see and hear you now!

    By jwadmin on December 28, 2016
    By Marilyn Shapiro How difficult it must have been for my grandparents! Their children Fran and Bill lived at least eight hours away, first in Vermont and Connecticut and then in small towns in Upstate New York. Between the distance and the logistics involved trips were limited to one or two week visits that they made by train from Brooklyn and […]
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  • I’m wearing a kippah now — for solidarity and visibility!

    By jwadmin on December 28, 2016
    By DAVID A.M. WILENSKY SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) — I do not like wearing a kippah. I grew up in a Reform synagogue where few people wore them, including the rabbi. The gendered nature of it bothers me. (Why, in some “egalitarian” synagogues, are men forced to wear them but not women?) And, quite frankly, I don’t like being told what […]
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  • Friends are where you find them: Remember to acknowledge them

    By jwadmin on December 1, 2016
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO He was easy to spot. In a room full of frail, elderly people, Marc and his wheelchair loomed large. His six foot four-inch thin frame rested on the chair, his head on the headrest, and his face inches away from the straw-like device that, through his breathing, powered him around the Daughters of Sarah, a nursing home […]
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  • One Ruth Gruber says goodbye to another

    By jwadmin on November 23, 2016
    BY RUTH ELLEN GRUBER NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – When you share a name with someone you respect and admire, you always try to live up to the connection, because sometimes outsiders aren’t aware of the difference. That’s how it was for decades with me and Ruth Gruber, the noted photojournalist, reporter and author who died last week at age […]
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  • My father turned me on to Leonard Cohen

    By jwadmin on November 23, 2016
    By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ (JTA) – Using his M-16 assault rifle as a pillow, my father awoke abruptly from a dreamless sleep by the pleading voice of a young woman outside his tent in the Sinai. The woman, a uniformed volunteer, was urging reservists like him to forego shuteye to hear a musician whose name she did not know, but who […]
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  • Keen listening, an in the moment activity, can be a learning experience

    By jwadmin on November 9, 2016
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new. —Dalai Lama XIV So many stories—if we just listen. Sitting next to someone on a plane, we often stick earbuds in our ears to make sure they don’t prattle on about nothing. But sometimes there is much […]
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  • This Rosh Hashanah, I challenge you to focus on the positives

    By jwadmin on October 6, 2016
    By Nina Badzin (Kveller via JTA) –Two essential parts of preparing for Rosh Hashanah, our clean slate for the year, is asking forgiveness from anyone we wronged and making a list (mental or written) of the ways we fell short since the last time we heard the shofar. Ideally that hard work of going to friends, family and anyone else deserving […]
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  • Why I’m going to High Holiday services for the first time in 25 years

    By jwadmin on September 30, 2016
    By PAUL GOLIN NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – I just bought Rosh Hashanah tickets for the first time ever. The last time I attended services for the High Holidays was on my parents’ dime. That was back before the World Wide Web, when Ross Perot heard a giant sucking sound and the voice of a generation was named Sir Mix-a-Lot. Teshuvah? […]
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  • As an African Israeli, I find claims of state racism against Falash Mura outrageous

    By jwadmin on September 21, 2016
    By SHIMON MERCER-WOOD NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – “We are committed to helping ensure that the State of Israel welcomes Jews of all colors.” “We say, we have black lives that matter in Africa.” “In America, race has been a central area of Jewish concern historically.” These are all statements that have been made in the course of a well-orchestrated public […]
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