Sunday, April 26, 2015 Iyyar 7, 5775

By:
Alan Elsner
What does it mean to be faced with an existential threat? It means you, your family, your city, your country — an entire nation — could cease to exist at any moment based on the decision of another actor, over whom you have no control. Add to this that this other actor tells you at every opportunity that he lusts...
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Letter writers argue that circumcision is a wonderful tradition and that Israelis need lots more help understadning those of us in the Diaspora.
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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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