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Monday, March 8, 2021

Will We Miss Anything After We Leave Our Pandemic Cocoons?

With vaccinations spreading rapidly like millions of bees pollinating prairies, our country is finally starting to come out of its hibernation.

Tisha B'Av

The Raging of Cancel Culture is a Threat to Us All

Our nation is terminally divided, and unlike the Civil War, this time it is not but one single issue that separate us.

What Can Israel Do for America?

“I am concerned about the threat of assimilation by American Jews and about the high cost of a Jewish education in this country."

A Letter to the IQC and the State Board of Education about Ethnic Studies

I strongly oppose the 2021 California Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum.

Film Review: Intermarriage, Iranian Jewish Style

“Over My Dead Body” chronicles the response of an Iranian Jewish family in Beverly Hills to the news that their daughter has decided to marry a Muslim Iranian.

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The UCLA student government passed a resolution on March 3 alleging that the Israeli government is committing “ethnic cleansing” against the Palestinians. The Journal obtained a copy of the resolution,...
Base Movement’s rabbinic-led education and engagement model will enable Moishe House to continue to grow and integrate more direct-learning and rabbinic mentorship opportunities for young adults.

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Israel’s Environment Minister Blames Iran for Oil Spill

Israeli security officials were surprised by the claim and some disputed it; expert says ‘wouldn’t be surprising’ to find Iran behind it.

Shefa: The Jewish “Secret”

In order to attract shefa, we must fashion ourselves into vessels primed for ever-increasing blessing.

Stephen Wise Temple/AJC Webinar Discusses Ethnic Studies

Stephen Wise Temple held a Zoom webinar on the evening of March 3 to discuss California’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC).

US Reportedly Renews Investigation of Israeli Spyware Company NSO Group

Probe may be part of larger Biden shift emphasizing human rights, scrutinizing Saudi Arabia

Columnists

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.

Satirical Semite: The Psychic Asparagus

Another alternative is to catch up on the important news items that we may have missed.

In the Spirit of Debate: My Response to Pomerantz

Pomerantz and I part ways in two critical junctures.

Sandra Caplan Community Beit Din Honoring Rabbi Stephen Einstein

“The way he responded to each question and person made them feel valued.”

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.

Unscrolled, Ki Tisa: When the Jews and God Turned Back

Distance and duration are central to this reconciliation narrative.

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Israel

Vaccines Are The Perfect Opportunity For The Abraham Accords To Shine

If states that have diplomatic relations with Israel agree to serve as middlemen, Israel can use them as a passthrough to provide the vaccines that will go to Palestinians.

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Two Jews Versus a Peloton

Another device to buy, another day of delay! Would the Peloton ever be complete?

How Jewish Students Are Combatting Anti-Semitism on Campus: A Panel

Five students shared their experiences with on-campus anti-Semitism during a March 2 panel.

A Response to Gil Troy: The Successful Conservative Movement

It should be acknowledged as a transitional movement that “conserved” American Judaism for the ultimate resurgence of Orthodoxy.

Lady Gaga’s Got Nothing on Morah Sandi

She is as good as any working performer out there today.

The IHRA Definition Has Space To Criticize Israel

The IHRA guidelines provide an excellent framework to focus discussions on facts instead of shouting self-serving slogans.

JJ Podcast Network

Curious Times Episode 10: How Serious is Cancel Culture?

Thoughts on the erosion of free speech, the new times we're entering and this week's Torah portion. Enjoy the conversation. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen...

Sacha, Sorkin, Schitt & Shtisel: The Golden Globes and Beyond

After acknowledging the first anniversary of COVID hitting America, the Bagels are not getting ready for the Holiday of Matzah and are reviewing the...

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 Ki Tisa with David Helfand

David Helfand is a fourth year rabbinical student at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies where he is also pursuing a masters degree in...

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Special Spicy Tuna Spaghetti

This perfect pantry recipe is a great mid-week dinner and a great way to use up some of your chametz before Passover.

“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.

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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