Sunday, May 29, 2016 Iyyar 21, 5776

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Harold Berman
Reducing membership in the Jewish people to a “cultural affirmation” completely misses the point of being Jewish, writes Harold Berman, founder of a group for intermarried families.
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By:
Steven M. Cohen and Kerry Olitzky
A sociologist and a rabbi propose an alternative way to become affiliated with Judaism that they call 'Jewish Cultural Affirmation.'
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Local leader Sam Katz shares his outrage on the American Studies Association's decision to pass a vote to boycott Israeli academic institutions.
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A reader wonders why our parenting blogger feels the need to lament the lure of Christmas, an advocate for Holocaust education urges everyone to lobby legislators for a state law, and another reader offers more details about the so-called 'Jewish cardinal.'
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By:
Lawrence Grossman
If the American Studies Association wants an academic boycott of Israeli universities to protest the country’s treatment of Palestinians, it should also insist on forgoing the use of anything produced by Israeli brainpower — but the fact that nobody is suggesting this speaks to the hypocrisy of the situation, writes the American Jewish Committee’s director of publications.
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