Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774

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It was time to drop in again on the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute's bimonthly eZine known as 614 . Geared mostly for women, it debuted early in 2007, and I first wrote about it several months later. At that time, I noted that HBI's intention, according to a press release distributed before the launch, was to spark "conversation among Jewish women" by...
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Advocacy Corner
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Asaf Romirowsky
The Palestinian narrative sees Israel's 1948 War of Independence as the al Naqba -- "the catastrophe." The birth of a sovereign Jewish state is perceived to be the root of all evil because this supposedly solidified how the small Jewish community robbed the Palestinians of their land. That is the recurring mantra found in Arab historiography -- a hypersensitive focus...
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Rachel Levy Lesser
On the night my daughter was born, I felt whole again -- or at least as whole as I could feel after losing my 57-year-old mother, who was an integral part of my 30-year-old, adult, day-to-day life. Her death 18 months beforehand loomed large throughout her six-year battle with ocular melanoma, a rare form of aggressive cancer that is first...
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In recent years, Jewish groups have been in the forefront of the campaign to stop the genocide being committed in the Darfur region of Sudan. These efforts have brought about a greater awareness of the situation, even if action to halt the tragedy has been lacking. This commitment to the principle of human rights is to be commended, but in...
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Obama's seminal speech on race was a beaut, but does it answer our questions?
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Jonathan S. Tobin
Every time his foes think they've got Sen. Barack Obama in a tight spot, he turns to his strong suit: the ability to communicate complicated subjects in a way that combines high-toned eloquence with a common touch that makes it feel as if he is speaking to every one of his listeners as individuals. When the Democratic Party's presidential front-runner...
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