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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Have We Lost All Shame?

When you bully those you disagree with into silence, the only voices you will hear are your own in a narcissistic echo chamber.

Tisha B'Av

Ferris State Prof Fired Over Alleged Anti-Semitic Tweets

A Ferris State University professor in Michigan was fired on February 25 after allegedly issuing anti-Semitic tweets. The professor, Thomas Brennan, had been placed on...

Hungary’s Crackdown on Artists and Academics

In Eastern Europe, people are being targeted because of who they are, what they study, the stories they tell.

Book Review: A Young Woman’s Spellbinding Journey “From Miniskirt to Hijab”

Anyone who wants to understand American policy vis-à-vis Iran should read this book.

An Open Letter to the Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter

I am dedicated to re-creating the bonds of brotherhood that united Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

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Every story that Mary tells would merit its own column and lecture.
Following a backlash to his comments, Hoey announced in an emotional Facebook Live video that he will be resigning from his position on the committee and apologized for his remark.

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Israeli Supreme Court Rules State Must Grant Citizenship to Non-Orthodox Jewish Converts

Israel must grant citizenship to Jews who converted to Judaism in Israel under non-Orthodox auspices, its Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Shocked by the Revelations About Amos Oz? ‘Deal With It,’ Says His Daughter.

Although these examples do not always shock, they succeed in communicating why Galia feels haunted.

Tufts SJP Revokes Impeachment Complaint Against Jewish Student

Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) revoked their impeachment complaint against Jewish student Max Price on February 26.

Protecting Voters’ Rights: A JDCA Call With Marc Elias

“Make no mistake, [these laws] are targeted ‘with surgical precision’ to disenfranchise Black voters.”

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What Are We Afraid Of?

If our fear of death has gone way down and our appreciation of life has gone way up, maybe we’ll be better equipped to conquer our other fears.

Tank Our Protector

If Tank were a character in a film, he would be the Dude from Big Lebowski. You think I’m kidding but if he could walk...

Newsom Likely to Face Recall — But Removal Is a Much...

Newsom’s own behavior suggests that he is preparing a campaign to defeat the recall.

Iran Negotiations: America’s Inherent Disadvantage

The United States cares about Iran — but not as much as Iran or Israel do.

Beyond Hamantaschen: How Purim is Celebrated in Iran

Hamantaschen takes the spotlight in the West, but there’s so much more to Purim food traditions.

Unscrolled, Parashat Tetzaveh: The Emperor Has No Nose

We are being asked by the Torah to picture. This is no small thing.

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Divisions Caused by the Coronavirus Magnified at Purim

Israelis are more polarized than ever during a holiday about unity, but Purim provides ways to connect, rabbi says

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Why Jewish Vaccine Advocates Shouldn’t be Condescending Towards Those Who Are Hesitant

We should treat individuals who hold these views with respect and listen to their concerns.

Queen Esther Revisited

I invite you to look within and thoughtfully consider the ways that we can be the creators of our own realities this coming year.

Celebrating Purim in a Pandemic

Jews may be loyal citizens and well-entrenched in society, but can we ever let our guard down?

Purim and The Risk of Isolation

Jews’ embrace of Purim in the U.S. and Israel is very different.

It’s Not Too Late to Protest California’s Flawed Ethnic Studies Curriculum

After three strikes against the Jewish people, it is time for us to get out of our seats and into the streets.

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Curious Times Episode 9: What’s all the fuss about Clubhouse?

A conversation with Shanni Suissa on the latest craze in social media, Clubhouse. Enjoy the conversation. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Stitcher Follow David Suissa...

Exploring the Rise and Fall of Stan Lee with ‘True Believer’ Author Abraham Riesman

Everybody knows Stan Lee, but nobody knows Stan Lee— except people like critically-acclaimed writer Abraham Riesman, who has written a new book about the late...

Rabbi Reuven Wolf: Who Is The Jewish Messiah and When Is He Coming?

Rabbi Reuven Wolf of Maayon Yisroel Chassidic Center, takes us deep into Jewish mysticism as Sal and his rabbi explore some tough questions: Why...

Natan Slifkin: Rationalist Judaism

Shmuel Rosner and Natan Slifkin discuss his latest book, "Rationalism vs. Mysticism: Schisms in Traditional Jewish Thought." Natan Slifkin, popularly known as the "Zoo Rabbi",...

The Conservative meets the Democrat: Larry Greenfield and Hailey Soifer

 Larry Greenfield is a Fellow at The Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship & Political Philosophy and a frequent columnist with The Jewish...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Tetzaveh with Avi Hoffman

This week’s Torah Portion- Parashat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10) – continues giving us the instructions concerning the tabernacle, focusing on the role of the priesthood. Our...

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“Bubie’s in Bidud” (Grandma’s in Isolation) — A Delightful Children’s Book by Karen Guth

I have known Karen Guth for many years, both as a friend and as a fellow English teacher in Israel.

Golden Globes: Sacha Baron Cohen Wins Big, and Other Fun Jewish Moments

Cohen won best actor in a comedy or musical, and his “Borat” sequel upset the Disney+ adaptation of “Hamilton” by winning best film in the category at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.

Israeli Director Vies for Oscar

In the runups to the annual Academy Awards, true blue and white members of the Tribe around the globe root for the Israeli entry to make the shortlist of foreign language films, vying for an Oscar in the recently renamed “international features” category.

Neal Shusterman on Judaism, the Pandemic, and his Latest Book

“My rabbi once said that my stories always seem to have a lot of Talmudic thought in them.”

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