Saturday, April 25, 2015 Iyyar 6, 5775
By:
Ted Kirsch
The American Jewish community has a proud tradition of fighting for equality, education and social justice, so it's no surprise that supporters of taxpayer-funded vouchers want to portray Senate Bill 1 as the "civil rights battle of our generation." They know how to appeal to us. But SB 1 is flawed legislation that, history shows, will not raise achievement and...
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Today's Battle for Civil Rights
By:
Anthony H. Williams
On June 11, 1963, Alabama Gov. George Wallace stood at the auditorium door to block African-American students Vivian Malone Jones and James Hood from enrolling in the University of Alabama. Today, the forces keeping students from receiving a quality education are less stark, but they are just as real and just as damaging. Today's battle is not to force universities...
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By:
Rabbi Steven Greenberg
My grandma was the epitome of a babushka -- a loving, overly emotional Russian woman, and I was the apple of her eye. She called me "Stevenyu." For her, I could do no wrong. So when my mother learned that her first-born son, an Orthodox rabbi, named after her father who died in Auschwitz, was gay, she couldn't bear her...
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By:
Rela Mintz Geffen
Five years ago, Ayelet Waldman dared to write an article in The New York Times saying that she loved her husband (the writer Michael Chabon) more than her children. For this, she was labeled a "bad mother," received rafts of hate mail and even death threats. The response was so vociferous and voluminous that she wrote a book about her...
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By:
Jason Miller
As a Conservative rabbi and member of the movement's Rabbinical Assembly, I cannot officially consider Jewish descent to be determined patrilineally -- from the father. In its Code of Professional Conduct, the section detailing the responsibilities for membership in the R.A. currently lists four standards of religious practice. The first: "Matrilineality determines Jewish status." Yet like many Jews who regard...
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