Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774
By:
Becks Kolins
Growing up in Ardmore, my family always taught me to be a "do gooder." I remember instances throughout my childhood of seeing injustices and trying to figure out a way to fight them. So when I learned that much of Appalachia was paying the true cost of the rest of the country's need for cheap electricity through something called mountaintop...
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By:
Robert Strauss
When I was a little boy, my parents gave me a book called The Jew in American Sports. It was filled with sagas about Hank Greenberg and Sid Luckman and some low-weight boxing champs -- big names, but from an era even before my youth. I was part of that generation where our parents would point out significant Jews everywhere...
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By:
Aviva Amy Perlo
The whirlwind that follows tragedy is often a bewildering state that leaves us bereft of any structure, any sense of knowing or comfort. As our kishkes turn inside out longing for our loved ones and for the way it was, we eventually mourn and then learn how to move on. While I have counseled this professionally for many years, the...
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By:
Rabbi Eric Yoffie
I have no patience for survival Judaism. Whenever I hear someone talk about what Jews must do in order to "survive," I head for the door. Joel Alperson, whose piece "Tikkun Olam May Feel Good But It Doesn't Build Community" was published in the Aug. 4 Jewish Exponent), joins the long list of Jewish leaders offering a formula for survival...
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By:
Philip Getz
In mid-June, The Nation published an article by a young alumna of Birthright Israel, the organization that since 1999 has sent 260,000 young Diaspora Jews (including this writer) on free 10-day tours of the Jewish state. In "The Romance of Birthright Israel," Kiera Feldman, a 2008 graduate of Brown, marshals anecdotal evidence and a sprinkling of recent critical literature to...
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