The Last Thing We Need Coming Out of Colleyville is More Fear

Even if we do harbor a lingering fear of those who hate us, the haters of all people don’t deserve to know that.

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Rabbis of LA | Ahud Sela: Finding Faith After a Devastating Diagnosis

Along with working with congregants in a pastoral capacity, Sela enjoys teaching and giving people pride in their Jewish identity.

Dangerous Tales Told by Palestinian Authority

If Jewish history has taught us anything, it is that when our enemies speak, we should listen. Paying attention to what they say, particularly...

Crime and its Non-Punishments

Criminal laws are written by legislatures. District attorneys are charged with enforcing them. They are required to uphold the rule of law, and not serve as the enablers of lawlessness. 

Why Did the FBI Deny Antisemitism in Texas?

The nonstop and deadly attacks on American Jews and especially synagogues boggles the mind.

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Because the man did so much and said so much, there’s a tendency to cherry pick sections of his legacy to support one’s preferred narrative.
A slew of flyers that seem to be accusing Jews of being tied to the anti-vaccine movement were found at multiple schools in Santa Monica on January 13.

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Teach Like God

For ten summers I studied at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem (SHI). I gathered with rabbis from around North America representing the diversity of the Jewish People: Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox leaders including members of the LGBTQ+ community.

CUNY Profs File Lawsuit Against Law Forcing Them to Be Members of Union That Passed Anti-Israel Resolution

Several City University of New York (CUNY) professors filed a lawsuit on January 12 to overturn a state law forcing them to be members of a professor’s union that passed an anti-Israel resolution passed in June.

Texas Synagogue Hostages Freed After Hours Long Standoff [UPDATED]

A gunman has taken a rabbi and three others hostage at a synagogue in Colleyville, TX on January 15.

Amazon Removes 26 Nazi Films

Amazon removed 26 Nazi films following the publication of a report showing more than 30 Nazi films were available on the platform.

In Israel, Pharma-Food Tech Collab Looks to Corner Cultured Meat Market

A unique new partnership between two Israeli companies aims to beef up the alternative protein industry as soon as next year.


Hostage Crisis and Tu Bishvat: On Having Thick and Thin Skins

The night of the hostage crisis, which came on the night before Tu Bishvat, was indeed a moment when we needed both our thick and thin skins.

Satirical Semite: 2022 Survival Guide

2022 promises to be a good year. For a start, there are going to be a lot of 2s in it.

Schools Must Coexist with COVID

I am tired of Covid. I know you are too.

The Upside of Struggling

Every time I swipe my debit card, I hold my breath until I see that magic word: “Approved.” 

What Betty White, Sidney Poitier and Bob Saget Taught Me About...

Poitier joined two other actors — Betty White and Bob Saget — who also passed away recently, and who played an integral role in my (and my family’s) understanding of our country of refuge.

Spinning Thread vs. Spinning Tales: Agnon’s Spin on Desecrating Shabbat

Every Friday afternoon before Shabbat, S.Y. Agnon would prepare a sign to hang on his front door.

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StandWithUs Starts Campaign Against Anti-Israel UNHRC Commission Inquiry

StandWithUs announced on January 11 that they are launching a campaign against the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) Commission of Inquiry against Israel.

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Tu Bishvat, Martin Luther King Day, and Shmittah: Radically Letting Go

What is the opportunity that is afforded to us this year by the coincidence that Martin Luther King Day and Tu Bishvat fall on the same day?

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So how can one explain the commandment to destroy Amalek?

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Writers who are fortunate enough to have a platform feel the moral obligation to express their reaction to circumstances because, as part of the human family, we are affected in one way or another by what befalls others.

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That blessing the Rabbi gave me made up for all the ones I never got during my childhood.

Dear Amazon: Nazis Are Bad

Why is Amazon still “the world’s largest purveyor of original Nazi propaganda films”?

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Listen to the full episode on any of your favorite podcast platforms! Who's panicking about Omicron and who isn't? Why did Curb not play up...

Mindy and Mandy Moved Us While Oscars Snoozed Us

After briefly breaking down the Oscars, the Bagels compare it to the Jewish community after COVID (of course) and wonder if the trailers for "In The...

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Author and speaker Daniel Friedman shares transformative wisdom from our Sages, as well as surprising research from his doctoral thesis on American Christian attitudes...

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Shmuel Rosner and Julian E. Zelizer discuss his latest book: "Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Life of Radical Amazement." Julian Emanuel Zelizer is a professor of...

This Isn’t About Kamala, It’s About America

I was sad to hear about Kamala Harris and the student incident. Not because I’m worried about the support for Israel, but because I’m worried about the state of America.

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Stylishly Ever After: Decorating Tips for Couples

Whether you’ve just moved in with your special someone or have been married or living together for years, you may come across a problem they don’t talk always about in couples therapy: decorating.

The New Koren Tanakh: A Pleasure to Read

The Magerman Edition of the new Koren Tanakh is a project that stretched over more than a decade, and makes the study of Tanakh easier – and more pleasurable -- than ever before. 

Musician Ariel Pink Talks About Getting Canceled

One year ago, on January 6, 2021, a picture of musicians Ariel Pink and John Maus sitting in a D.C. hotel room popped up on Instagram.

Green Mediterranean Diet Helps Keep Brain Young, Israeli Study Finds

Consumption of foods rich in polyphenols found to have significant effect on slowing age-related neurodegeneration

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