Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775
When a member of the Israeli Knesset tried to ram through legislation on conversion that would delegitimize non-Orthodox Jews, American Jewry rightly responded with a chorus of protest. Now that a woman has been arrested for carrying a Torah at the Western Wall, U.S. Jewry should respond with similar outrage. Both issues -- dubbed "Who is a Jew" and "Women...
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Once again, Pennsylvania is playing host to one of the hottest elections of the season. And once again, a campaign targeted at the Jewish electorate is beginning to turn ugly. There is much at stake in the race to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Arlen Specter. The Democrats are fighting to hold on to their majority while...
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If you're among the fortunate, your children are off at overnight camp having the time of their lives. Even better, they're spending this record-hot summer soaking up the joys of Judaism along with the rays of the sun. But not all of us -- and our kids -- are so fortunate. Enrollment has remained steady at many of the Jewish...
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It's hard not to be moved by the annual Fourth of July images of new Americans becoming official citizens of their newly adopted country. The media is filled with poignant stories of the often-turbulent, sometimes heroic path of those, like generations before them, who came seeking a better life. But this year's Independence Day citizenship ceremonies came amid the harsh...
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The prospect of a third Jew on the U.S. Supreme Court -- and the second Jewish woman -- is both exciting and mind-boggling. In many ways, Elena Kagan's story exemplifies par excellence the typical Jewish American story: the granddaughter of Russian immigrants whose parents instilled a strong commitment to education and social justice. And by most accounts, Kagan's Jewish connections...
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