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Religion & Philosophy

  • 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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  • Orthodox Union says women don’t need to be rabbis to be leaders

    By jwadmin on October 25, 2017
    By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) – The Orthodox Union is founding its own division to advance women as congregational leaders, as well as to promote Jewish study and communal participation for women in Modern Orthodoxy. The announcement comes nearly nine months after the group, an umbrella association of centrist Orthodox synagogues, issued a ruling banning those synagogues from hiring […]
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  • Why this former Orthodox feminist leader is studying to be a Reform rabbi

    By jwadmin on October 11, 2017
    By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN NEW YORK CITY (JTA)  – As executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, Elana Sztokman was a big name in liberal Orthodox circles. But now the 47-year-old, who has published widely on gender in Judaism, turned a new page: She started studying to become a Reform rabbi. Sztokman, who grew up in Brooklyn but now lives in the […]
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  • Hug a chicken and 4 other twists on traditional High Holidays rituals

    By jwadmin on September 20, 2017
    By BEN SALES NEW YORK CITY (JTA)  – Picture services for the High Holidays: A roomful of congregants sitting with heavy books in their laps listening to a rabbi sermonize or a cantor chant is what likely comes to mind. Baking pizza? Embracing a chicken under a tree? Not so much. But those are some of the things that some Jewish […]
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  • How the High Holidays snapped me out of my mom boredom!

    By jwadmin on September 20, 2017
    By DASEE BERKOWITZ (Kveller via JTA) – A few nights ago, when I was cleaning up the kitchen after supper, it struck me. I’m really bored as a parent. I have the efficiency thing down pat. A food schedule for each night of the week. The ease of an afternoon spent with our three kids — snack, followed by craft, […]
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  • 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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