Saturday, December 3, 2016 Kislev 3, 5777
By:
Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu
A recent survey by the Forward of 75 major American Jewish communal organizations found that fewer than one in six are run by women, and that those women are paid 61 cents to every dollar earned by a man. I was not surprised to read this, only saddened again by the realities of the Jewish community. It is past time...
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By:
​Edgar M. Bronfman and Randall Kaplan
When the Jewish people seeks an exemplar for openness and hospitality, we often turn to our patriarch Abraham. In one fascinating chapter in Genesis, we learn that just three days after his circumcision, an ailing Abraham rushes from his tent in the heat of the day to welcome three passing visitors, who turn out to be divine messengers. Our tradition...
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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:
​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:
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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