Sunday, May 29, 2016 Iyyar 21, 5776
By:
Ariel Warmflash
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 school semester abroad and remained awake the entire night before leaving for university. I guess I don't like change. So, imagine the aftermath of a transition as big as college graduation. I have been officially out...
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By:
Rabbi Andrea L. Merow
Did you know that there is a special blessing one says when one sees a ruler or head of state? "Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, Ruler of the World, who gives of G-ds own glory to flesh and blood." <p>Last month at a meeting at the White House with Conservative rabbis, government officials and President Barack Obama, I was...
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By:
Asaf Romirowsky and Alexander Joffe
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee recently passed an amendment to the State Department and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill that could help change the conversation about Palestinian refugees. The bill requires the State Department to specify to Congress, for the first time, how many of the 5 million Palestinians who are supported by UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency...
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By:
Paul Kaplan
I think I've blown it. I have no chance for a great first Father's Day. It's pretty much my own fault. I procrastinated on Mother's Day and before I knew it, I'd waited too long to order the gift she wanted. Instead, I had to give my wife a rain check on her first Mother's Day. When I say "the...
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By:
Kenneth Jacobson
A recent article by Israeli journalist Yaron London headlined "We Need Fewer Haredim" and two major pieces in The New York Times about the haredi approach to sex abuse cases highlight the challenge of addressing serious issues emanating from the haredi world without demonizing an entire community. Questions of avoiding stereotypes of large groups while not rationalizing bad behavior by...
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