Monday, December 22, 2014 Kislev 30, 5775
By:
Stuart Appelbaum
When Congress declared Labor Day a public holiday in 1894, workers had more to lament than to celebrate: an economic depression, a growing concentration of corporate wealth and power, and the brutal suppression of their unions. A momentous national railroad strike to protest deep wage cuts — and the summary firing of workers who dared to voice their grievances —...
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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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