Opinion

Counted

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Fifty general sessions, eight Little Limmud sessions, one amazing opening session facilitated by Jakir Manela and an eye-opening lunch program discussing the 50th anniversary...

Keeping Your School Safe

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School safety. These are two words that have especially been on our minds for the past four months.  The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown,...

A Modern Spiritual Earth Day Interpretation

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As Earth Day approaches, we must ask ourselves: Have we been good stewards of the land? Professor Arnold M. Eisen of the Jewish Theological Seminary...

On The Run

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This column was written before the Boston Marathon terrorist attack. I would like to dedicate my piece, on the joy of running, to all...

Skin-Deep Storytelling

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In this week’s double Parsha,Tazria/Metzora, the Torah teaches about a spiritual malady that manifested itself physically in the form of scaly patches on the...

Only In Israel

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Maayan Jaffe There is something about “Hatikvah.” Every time I hear the Israeli national anthem, I get chills. Sometimes, tears. It is a short message, but...

Opposing Churches On Israel

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As Christians and Jews gather during their respective Easter and Passover holidays this weekend, we recall all that American Jews and liberal Protestants have...

B’Teavon

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At first read, it seems difficult to find a convergent theme for parshat Shemini. The parsha begins with the inauguration of the Mishkan, God’s “earthly dwelling...

Forgiving Shana

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Everyone loved Shana. In her quiet way, Shana would ask the girls to play jump rope or sardines at recess. She would spend time reading...

Hidden Good

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In the Torah reading for Shabbat Chol Hamoed, Moshe makes an interesting request.  He asks God: “Hareini na et kivodecha” (Exodus 33:18), which literally...