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Is It Devotion or Extremism? Putting the Israeli Religious Conflict in Context

Many of us have seen the disturbing images from Israel in recent weeks portraying Jews against other Jews in a so-called religious struggle. Unfortunately,...
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Exploiting Memory of Child Victims of the Holocaust Is Downright Obscene

Can there be anything more reprehensible than the recent spectacle of haredi Orthodox Jewish boys wearing yellow stars of David and striped black-and-white concentration...

BDS at Penn: Is It a Mortal Threat or Just an Epic Failure?

As with most controversies surrounding anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns, including the upcoming BDS conference at the University of Pennsylvania, the debate...

Many Stops Along the Way

I had just completed seven weeks of radiation when I attended my first Komen Race for the Cure nine years ago. I walked the...

Lessons Learned From the Frontline

The Editor's Desk The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference at the University of Pennsylvania has come and gone, but there are several important takeaways for...
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A Survivor’s Granddaughter on Dachau Mission

Gunshots pierced a still, sunny morning at Dachau concentration camp. My husband and I cringed. It took a moment to remember that the Bavarian...
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How the Bat Mitzvah Revolutionized the Status of Jewish Girls

 After her Bat Mitzvah in 1956, Margie Berkowitz remembers how her Zayde would say: "Margelle, chant your haftarah." He couldn't believe that a girl...

Azerbaijan Is Now Between a Rock and Iran

 "Fate chooses your relations, you choose your friends." -- French poet Jacques Delille Azerbaijan's recent arrest of 22 people on suspicion of plotting Iran-backed attacks...

Learning True Nature of Judaism While Davening in East Africa

We take for granted that we can go to the supermarket and buy boxes of Passover matzah. For the Abayudaya community in Uganda, it's...
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How Counting the Omer Speaks to Our Collective Responsibility

On the second night of Passover, observant Jews began a practice known as S'firat Ha-Omer, counting the barley sheaf, a ritual counting of each...