Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Tammuz 14, 5775

By:
Rabbi Steven Greenberg
My grandma was the epitome of a babushka -- a loving, overly emotional Russian woman, and I was the apple of her eye. She called me "Stevenyu." For her, I could do no wrong. So when my mother learned that her first-born son, an Orthodox rabbi, named after her father who died in Auschwitz, was gay, she couldn't bear her...
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By:
Rela Mintz Geffen
Five years ago, Ayelet Waldman dared to write an article in The New York Times saying that she loved her husband (the writer Michael Chabon) more than her children. For this, she was labeled a "bad mother," received rafts of hate mail and even death threats. The response was so vociferous and voluminous that she wrote a book about her...
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By:
Jason Miller
As a Conservative rabbi and member of the movement's Rabbinical Assembly, I cannot officially consider Jewish descent to be determined patrilineally -- from the father. In its Code of Professional Conduct, the section detailing the responsibilities for membership in the R.A. currently lists four standards of religious practice. The first: "Matrilineality determines Jewish status." Yet like many Jews who regard...
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By:
Joseph Smukler
I sit here at my desk staring at the photograph of our eldest granddaughter, Shoval. She is wearing army fatigues, canteen dangling at her side, standing on a sandy dune, smiling under azure blue skies, with a Star of David on her military cap. How did all of this happen? She was born, reared and schooled in the United States...
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Being Vegan Answers So Many Moral Issues Thank you for your cover story on the "ethical dilemma" faced by many Jews concerned about the origins of animal-derived foods ("What's Cooking, Kosher-Wise?" Jan. 6). Raising and killing animals is a topic that should receive more coverage in your paper as it encompasses serious moral questions that we Jews must contemplate. In...
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