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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

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A Mother’s Day Letter

How can I possibly find all of the right words to express my gratitude and love for you?

Germany Holocaust Memorial Vandalized with BDS Graffiti

Three stepping stones in Cologne had the letters “BDS” written on them, with one letter on each stone.

Mothers and Genetic Screening: 5 Commonly Asked Questions

Questions and answers about genetic screening, just in time for Mother's Day.

My Son Was at the Mount Meron Disaster

What kind of devastating things had he witnessed? Was he injured? I couldn’t bear to let myself think beyond that.

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Can a Disaster Breed Jewish Unity or Widen the Communal Breach?

Solidarity with the victims of the Mount Meron tragedy is a sign of hope. Still, the impulse to turn it into a political issue and cast blame on the ultra-Orthodox may prove more powerful.

Orthodox Jewish Israeli Man Shot and Killed in Baltimore

The man, identified as Efraim Gordon, 31, was shot on the doorstep of a relative’s home.

Synagogues Touched by COVID Adapt to Serve Grieving Congregations

Reeling under a staggering number of deaths, many synagogues across the country have created support groups and memorial services, hired social workers and pursued other initiatives to help congregants cope with the losses.

Final Hours of Netanyahu’s Mandate

Time to form a government quickly running out for the embattled premier.

At least 6 Americans, Including 3 Teenagers, Among Victims in Israeli Stampede

They included 19-year-old yeshiva students from northern New Jersey and Monsey, New York, as well as a 13-year-old boy who had moved to Israel with his family.

Columnists

Something Crazy Is Happening in Israel: Ideological Opposites May Unite

The anti-Bibi block is so fervent it’s willing to overlook deeply entrenched ideological differences.

Satirical Semite: Home Comforts

There are some upsides to being stuck in the United Kingdom.

What Will US-Israel Relations Look Like When Israel Turns 100?

Unless some type of generational reckoning takes place, the ties between our two countries will be sorely tested.

What Caitlyn Jenner Can Learn from Schwarzenegger

Newsom has a strong advantage at this point, but his survival is by no means assured.

What Happens to Unanswered Prayers?

I don’t believe there’s such a thing as a wasted prayer.

Unscrolled, Emor: A Heavy Burden

With the fall of the Temple came the end of Aaron’s unique burden, role and knowledge of God.

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New Legislation Needed to Prevent Another Meron Tragedy, Experts Say

Lack of crowd management and poor site planning likely to blame for tragedy.

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New Documentary Chronicles Advocacy of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Doblemeier seems most enamored of his subject’s political activism, but Heschel was a major theologian as well.

The First 100 Days: Biden’s Dull but Bold Presidency

In his first 100 days, our president has shown more boldness than humility.

Stop Justifying the Deaths of the Meron 45

Let the families grieve without our insensitive commentary.

Protecting the Right to Vote is a Jewish Value

The battle for the soul of our nation has now moved to every state legislature challenging our right to vote.

Miscarriage and Loss During COVID-19

I realized that emotionally, spiritually and psychologically, what I needed was to be completely honest that I was in pain and not ok.

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Curious Times Episode 24: Mourning the Meron Tragedy

Reflections on the Meron tragedy and a commentary by Shmuel Rosner. Enjoy the conversation. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Stitcher Follow David Suissa on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

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...

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...

Ryan P. Burge: The Nones

Shmuel Rosner and Ryan P. Burge discuss his latest book, "The Nones: Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going". Dr....

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Emor with Joshua Krug

Joshua Krug earned a B.A. with Honors and Distinction from Yale, an MDiv from Harvard, and a PhD from NYU. He sits at the intersection...

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Sex Therapist Dr. Ruth Has Ongoing Love Affair With Israel

At nearly 93, world-renowned expert on human sexuality reflects on Freud, life after the coronavirus, and her recent honorary doctorate from Ben-Gurion University.

Former 49er, Current Dad and Doctor, Goes to Jewish Summer Camp

Dr. John Frank plans to attend Ramah Sports Academy in Connecticut—helping in the medical field and maybe telling some stories that other field with the NFL.

Architect of World Trade Center Memorial to Lead Tree of Life Reconstruction

New York-based architect Daniel Libeskind will spearhead the project with urban-design firm Rothschild Doyno Collaborative of Pittsburgh.

4 Retirement Risks That Could Undermine Your Careful Planning

A number of risks to your retirement strategy can still lurk, even if you appear to have safely arrived at your post-work destination.

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