Opinion

Rabbi John Franken

Parshat Beha’alotcha: Embracing our diverse Jewish community

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By Rabbi John Franken While encamped at Hazeroth, an unexpected family quarrel erupts among the children of Amram. Two of them (Miriam and Aaron) denounce...

Letters to the editor: May 28

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Hold universities accountable It’s outrageous that the real benefactors of the triple-digit billions of dollars of at-risk student loans are allowed to escape scot-free from...

Principle and courage under fire

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The Holy Land is more than a nickname. It suggests that there is something intrinsically sacred in the land of Israel. And to defile...

Biden’s Middle East opportunity

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President Joe Biden was right. Israel has an absolute right to defend itself. And the fact that Israel was largely protected by the Iron...
anti-semitism in the dictionary

Jewish Americans deserve hate crime protection too

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By Dov S. Zakheim On Thursday, May 20, President Joe Biden signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which had been passed overwhelmingly by both houses...
Dr. Janet S. Sunness

Opinion | The religious symbolism of the cicadas

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By Dr. Janet S. Sunness We have entered the season of cicadas. When we had the last outbreak, in 2004, I asked myself what the...
encyclopedia

Opinion | We were a Compton’s Encyclopedia Jewish family

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By Karen Galatz Jews are often called the People of the Book, a reference to our reverence for sacred writings, but in my nonobservant childhood...
Rev. Irvin (Isaac Leib) Stern

Opinion | My zadie, Holocaust survivor and master shochet

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By Jeremy Diamond Rev. Irvin (Isaac Leib) Stern was born on March 3, 1927. He was the oldest child to Chantza and Yisroel Dov Stern....
Gavin Adler

Parshat Nasso: Today’s messengers

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By Gavin Adler This week’s Haftorah is from the book of Judges. It is about the birth of Samson. In the Haftorah, we read that...

Letters to the editor: May 21

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A must-read story of survival Jesse Berman’s feature story on Ida Schmidt-Chait’s survival during the Holocaust and the dedication of the new Ringelblum Archive memorial...