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Learning From My Children: A Jewish Mother’s Day Confession

When I was 8, I had names picked out for all of my future offspring (a dozen baby girls). At 13, I had my...
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Helping Moms (and Dads) Confront Bullying of Their Kids

The Huffington Post recently reported that Jewish girls are affected by relational aggression at least equal to, if not at a greater rate, than...

A Letter of Concern for American Democracy

Earlier last month, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed some concerns about Israeli democracy in a closed-door session at the Saban Forum....
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Until the Refugee Issue Is Settled, There Will Never Be Peace

We purchased an apartment in Jerusalem in 1979 and have spent three months in Israel each summer for the past 14 years. This has...

Despite Many Changes, Social Workers Still Committed Group

When I was headed to graduate school in social work in 1979, my No. 1 reason for choosing this field was to be able...
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So What Exactly Is Out of Bounds in the Jewish Community?

As a rabbi, I would say that a good part of my job, at this point in Jewish history, is just to get people...

Pay to Play: The High Cost of Getting a Jewish Education

  When we look to the Torah for guidance in handling challenges in our modern world, our eyes do not usually fall on the agricultural...
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Why Not Go to Shul This Weekend and Help Re-Accept the Torah

If you've ever planned an event, you know how many details go into bringing your crowd together. Take a wedding, for example, where many...

Ordaining Cantors Is Mostly Good for Congregations

 Six graduates of the cantorial program of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion were ordained earlier this month at Temple Emanu-El in New...
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Reconsidering State Aid to Jewish Schools is Welcome

 For decades, the American Jewish community has debated the advisability, constitutionality and necessity of government aid to Jewish (and other faiths') parochial schools. But...