Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774

Should the Jewish community go to the mat to oppose President Barack Obama’s pick for secretary of defense? That is the thorny question roiling many of our advocacy institutions after former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) was officially tapped this week to head the Pentagon.
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A local Jewish professional and mother reflects on two years of blogging about Shabbat, closing that project but continuing her work as an advice columnist for the Exponent.
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The recitation of the mourner's Kaddish by a character on the TV show Homeland didn’t jive with the Jewish tradition I know, which requires forming a minyan. But I'm a journalist, not a rabbi, so I figured I would ask some people who know more than I do.
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No need to be kosher to enjoy kosher restaurants, one reader says. Two others weigh in on why students don't protest anymore and the need to push leaders to make gun control a priority.
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Idit Klein
It used to be rare for LGBT equality to be on the agenda of a major Jewish event. Now it is rare for it not to be.
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