Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775
By:
Ken Fink, JE Feature
Every year on my birthday, for as far back as I can recall, my father has wished me a happy birthday and asked: "So, do you feel different today?" He always meant it as a joke, but there is a subtle truth to it. Many of our changes are gradual, so we set a marker to make the change truly...
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By:
​Barry Morrison
Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, has said, in reference to the past 12 months: "It was probably the worst year for global anti-Semitism in my tenure with the ADL." With this in mind, what should we make of anti-Semitism nationally? The numbers do offer a sobering picture, and yet it's far from all gloom and doom...
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By:
Mitchell G. Bard
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to give up his leadership if Israel does not satisfy his demands for a complete settlement freeze. Rather than beg him to stay and pressure Israel to cave in to his demands, Abbas should be told not to let the door hit him on the way out; he's been a catastrophic failure for...
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By:
Rachel Lewis, JE Feature
As our orientation for Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps came to a close the first week of September, we had just begun the process of navigating the intrigue of New Orleans, its unique Jewish community, and our excitement and anxiety about beginning our new jobs at various nonprofit groups throughout the city. Amid this amorphous, post-college time, I and nine...
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By:
Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer
Do you remember the line drawing of an old woman who, if you shift your eyes a fraction of an inch, can suddenly reappear as a beautiful girl with a hat? I thought of that well-known perceptual illusion this summer when I studied the biblical narrative of Joseph at a retreat for Jewish and Muslim emerging religious leaders. We chose...
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