Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775
By:
Rachel Cohen
After going on a Taglit-Birthright trip with 40 students from Johns Hopkins University last year, I traveled earlier this summer with 12 other student leaders to the West Bank with J Street U. Since then I've been reflecting on these two very different experiences. Birthright helped to provide a strong­er connection to my Jewish identity. After the trip, I began...
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By:
Rabbi Howard Alpert
The American Jewish community is rightly concerned about Israel's position among college students, especially among those who identify as Jews. Community leaders reason that the attitudes toward Israel that develop among college students today will shape the way America and the American Jewish community relate to Israel tomorrow. Yet contradictory or confusing messages regarding how American students view Israel compete...
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Just before Havdalah one Saturday evening, the cantor of a synagogue I once belonged to recalled a casual conversation he had had with a psychiatrist who worked at a hospital where the cantor was employed as a technician. "You Jews have it made," the psychiatrist said wryly. The cantor was puzzled and asked the psychiatrist to explain. "You see, unlike...
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By:
Faina Kirshenbaum
As an immigrant to Israel, a woman and a member of the Knesset, I must juggle many sensitivities and responsibilities. I do this with great honor and try to be responsive to competing demands and ideals. Sometimes, this means that I have to re-examine fundamental beliefs. When I made aliyah in 1973 from the former Soviet Union, I was of...
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By:
Marc Erlbaum, JE Feature
Humanity has been searching for "the meaning of life" from the beginning of time, but it could be argued that today -- with global terrorism, ecological disasters, civil unrest and economic meltdowns -- life is more perplexing than ever before. If we don't find answers to the big questions now, there may soon be no life left to interpret. At...
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