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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Tiger Woods, A Car Crash and Our Pandemic Year

I saw in the accident a symbol of the horrific pandemic that has upended our lives in countless ways.

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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.

Gaining Moral and Ethical Clarity Through the Challenges of Drinking on Purim

Drinking can be done in a way that brightens our world, but almost as easily, it can darken that very same world.

Making Hamantaschen and Puns, a Pandemic Year Later

Between pandemic fatigue and general exhaustion, we’re grogg(i)er than ever.

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Insulating in a bubble of nostalgia is as unhealthy as stuffing ourselves with hamantaschen.
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 discussion examines the meaning of...

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NBC’s “Nurses” Criticized for Orthodox Jews Scene

The NBC show “Nurses” is being accused of anti-Semitism as a result of a scene involving Orthodox Jews. The scene, which came from an episode...

Tufts Jewish Student Says He’s Harassed for Pro-Israel Activity

A Jewish student at Tufts University is alleging anti-Semitic harassment over his involvement with pro-Israel groups. Jewish Insider and Jewish News Syndicate (JNS) reported that...

Rick Recht on JKids Radio Offering Families 24/7 Access to Jewish Music, Education, Purim Programming

JKids Radio, formerly known as, PJ Library Radio, has recently relaunched to become a musical kid-centric hub for Jewish music, education and inspiration 24...

Protests By Outraged Refugees Close UNRWA Food Distribution Points in Gaza

Palestinians reject reduced food parcels as political move; UN agency says change means more families will benefit

YULA Boys Student Participates in National Yachad Disability Training

Nearly 40 teens from across the United States met virtually this month to receive training focused on making Jewish communal life more inclusive for individuals with disabilities.

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Even With Strict Compliance, the Iran Deal Allows a Path to...

When the stakes are so high, permanence is everything.

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...

Is Biden Faking it on Iran to Attract Europe?

Biden is more interested in appearing to negotiate with Iran than in actually moving forward in any tangible way.

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: A Rabbinical Student’s Take on Parashat Tetzaveh

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

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New Scroll of Esther Honors another Esther, Recent Terror Victim Esther Horgen

This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with a birth date partner in Israel.

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Looking for the Silver Lining

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How This Country Fails Individuals with Disabilities

We need more support for those not qualified for full disability.

The Threat From China is Real. Will Biden Rise to the Challenge?

If the United States is to be true to our values and interests it must go on offense in our strategic competition with a rising China.

Critical Race Theory Is What’s Still Wrong With California’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum

It creates a discriminatory, hostile and disempowering educational environment.

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Curious Times Episode 7: The Recall Campaign Against Gov. Newsom

A conversation with Anne Dunsmore, one of the leaders of the recall campaign against Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom. Enjoy the conversation. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on...

And the Nominees Are… Sometimes Jewy

Hold onto your invisible kippahs (especially while drinking water during the impeachment trial), because the Bagels are talking awards show nominations, challenging Hollywood to...

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...

Marc Rosenstein: Contested Utopia

Shmuel Rosner and Marc Rosenstein discuss his latest book, "Contested Utopia: Jewish Dreams and Israeli Realities," out soon. Marc Rosenstein is the Director Emeritus of...

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 Terumah with Ben Freed

Ben Freed is a 5th (and final)-year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Before rabbinical school he lived and...

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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.”

Connecting the Past to the Present

Stephanie Dray’s ambitious historical novel, “The Women of Chateau Lafayette” links three indomitable women over history.

Complicated Family Stories Are Explored in The Braid’s New Salon Show ‘Family Matters’

Complex family relationships are the theme of a new salon show by The Braid, formerly Jewish Women’s Theatre. Opening on March 6, community theatergoers...

LA Jewish Film Festival Hosts Exclusive Screening and Q&A of ‘Thou Shalt Not Hate’

In a political climate where neo-Nazi white supremacist groups are an increasing worldwide threat, the release of “Thou Shalt Not Hate” (“Non Odiare” in...

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