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Opinion

Editorials from the Jewish Exponent, columns, blogs and a forum for kvetching n' kvelling.

Memory and Identity

This week, we embark on our annual springtime emotional roller coaster, commemorating watershed chapters in Jewish history that continue to define so much of...

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...

Another Super Sunday

Super Sunday may not be as glitzy a production as the Super Bowl, but we all have a stake in ensuring we make it...
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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...

125 Years — and More

Long before April 15 became synonymous with "tax day" (1955) and the sinking of the Titanic (1912), the date heralded a more welcome arrival:...

Fear Must Not Rule Us

 If you haven't taken a good hard look at the sweet, innocent faces of the Jewish children struck down in cold blood in France...