Friday, December 19, 2014 Kislev 27, 5775
By:
Joel Einleger
With winter's snow at an end, thousands of parents are now imagining their children swimming in a mountain lake after a long, hot run in the sun as they finalize plans for their children to attend summer camp. But only some parents will choose a camp that can also help build their child's Jewish connections, identity and pride, while they...
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By:
Joshua I. Shuman
How do you teach your children that the world is not black and white? How do you teach your children that a split-second decision can change your life forever? How do you teach your children to appreciate the gray zone -- the area that cannot be defined, the area that is, well, unknowable? Frankly, I just don't know, and I'm...
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By:
Philip A. Cunningham
Although Holocaust Memorial Day, Yom Hashoah, has become an important annual commemoration in many places, there is a danger that remembering the Holocaust can be regarded by the wider community as primarily a Jewish concern. Clearly, the Shoah is uniquely significant for Jews who have to deal with the enormity of the devastation it wrought. Yet it is also important...
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By:
Lee S. Bender and Jerome R. Verlin
American supporters of Israel have differing views on how to arrive at the Arab-Israeli peace we all hope for, but an important element upon which we should all agree is that unfairly blaming Israel for key historical and current occurrences does not bring peace closer. In fact, encouraging the public to adopt and advocate for unrealistic Arab-espoused distortions and demands...
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By:
Elliot J. Rosen
As another Yom Hashoah nears, it is important to recognize that each year, there will be fewer alive who were witnesses to that horror in history. During my years as a funeral director, I've agonized over watching the growing number of Holocaust survivors fade rapidly from our midst. Many of us fixate on the 6 million men, women and children...
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