Monday, March 30, 2015 Nisan 10, 5775

This week's report from the American Academy of Pediatrics concluding that health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks is a welcome intervention in what is becoming a disturbing debate over the legitimacy of one of Juda­ism's oldest and most-defining traditions. The academy's task force stopped short of calling for routine circumcision of all newborn boys, but placed the decision exactly...
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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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Any endeavor that promises a richer Jewish education for our youth is a good thing, which is why several developments on the local scene are worth embracing as the new school year gets off the ground over the next few weeks. On the day school front, Torah Academy Girls High has a new home and a new name, offering a...
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Another mohel weighs in on the circumcision debate and a reader warns about which politicians to trust.
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