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Willing to Talk at Penn

As a student who was at the forefront of the campaign to confront the boycott, divestment and sanctions conference at the University of Pennsylvania...

BDS Absolutism Undermined Discourse

The atmosphere in the lead-up to the recent boycott, divestment and sanctions conference at the University of Pennsylvania was characterized by acrimony and anger...

Birthright’s Triumphs and Flaws

After going on a Taglit-Birthright trip with 40 students from Johns Hopkins University last year, I traveled earlier this summer with 12 other student...

Where Students Stand Now on Israel Has Deep Implications for the Future

The American Jewish community is rightly concerned about Israel's position among college students, especially among those who identify as Jews. Community leaders reason that...

The Art of Being Jewish in the City

 Wait for a sunny day in Philadelphia and take a walk up North Broad Street. Start at City Hall and point yourself north, toward...
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A New Look at the Purim Story

Clearly the story of Purim ends well -- at least for the Jewish people. Near the end of the Megillah, Esther saves herself and...

Reform Judaism Has an Obligation to Change

 Today's Reform movement is built on the shoulders of our 19th century Reform forebearers who took Jewish tradition in an entirely new direction, re-envisioning...
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Odds Are, You Won’t Have to Look Far

 I'm not good at transitions. Never have been. I cried my first week at Ramah overnight camp, moped around after returning from my high...
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The Rise of Islamist Movements Casts Dark Shadow Over Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood did not initiate the current upheavals in the Middle East, but the Islamist parties in Egypt, as in Tunisia and Libya,...

Iran Must Be Pressed on Human Rights Abuses, Too

In recent weeks, developments in the Middle East and an alarming report of the International Atomic Energy Agency concentrated the world's attention on Iran's...