Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Elul 8, 5774

It's no secret that Birthright Israel is one of the most successful innovations of the American Jewish community over the past decade. What's not so well-known --unless you're a parent of a child who's been shut out -- is that each go-round, only some 40 percent of the young adults who seek a coveted spot on the free tour through...
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By:
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
The genesis of my new book is a simple question: Who was Jesus of Nazareth? We all think we know who he was -- the inspiration for the world's most successful religion. The deliverer of faith, love, spiritual inspiration and religious commitment to billions of people the world over for two millennia. Christians see him as the son of God,...
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By:
Simcha Weinstein
As if the Jewish world doesn't have enough problems with Iran on the brink of starting a nuclear war and the radical Muslim Brotherhood making gains in Egypt's phased elections. Last week, we were rocked by another close shave with disaster: "Chasidic reggae superstar" Matisyahu got rid of his facial hair! Full disclosure: Matis is a friend and I'm a...
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One reader comes to the defense of President Obama while another asks if he's been a friend or a foe.
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By:
Ross Berkowitz
Can one person change the world? It's a popular theme in books and movies, but when it comes to real life, the work that leads to change is not done alone. Most often, one person is utilizing his or her network to affect change. With that in mind, the Charles and Lynn Shusterman Foundation recently convened the first NetWORKS gathering...
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