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Religion & Philosophy

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • An atheist Muslim on what the left and right get wrong about Islam

    By jwadmin on July 14, 2017
    “The left is wrong on Islam. The right is wrong on Muslims.” — author Ali Rizvi Updated by Sean Illing Vox.com These words were tweeted by Ali Rizvi, author of the new book The Atheist Muslim. Rizvi was born in Pakistan in 1975 into what he calls a “moderate to liberal Muslim family.” He was raised in Libya and later moved to Saudi Arabia, where […]
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  • I’m Glad the Dyke March Banned Jewish Stars

    By jwadmin on June 28, 2017
    By BARI WEISS The New York Times This weekend, at a lesbian march in Chicago, three women carrying Jewish pride flags — rainbow flags embossed with a Star of David — were kicked out of the celebration on the grounds that their flags were a “trigger.” An organizer of the Dyke March told the Windy City Times that the fabric […]
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