Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Can Jews Agree on Welcoming Refugees and Immigrants?

What we see at our southern border calls all Jews who believe in that phrase we recite at Passover to attention and action.

Tisha B'Av

The Examined Life

The parshah provides an instructive tutorial in spiritual prudence and existential accountability to us all.

Caring for Aging Parents and Beyond

The Jewish approach to mourning parallels the findings of modern-day psychiatric grief research.

The Natanz Attack Gets the U.S. Closer to a Better Iran Deal

There are even more obstacles in the path of a new agreement, which makes most Israelis very happy.

What Jewish Summer Camp Will Look Like This Year

Camps in the United States are opening again with a combination of testing and vaccinations, along with a better understanding of how COVID-19 spreads.

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Pandemic Times

I’m waiting for the day when the plight of the Rohingya appears on the front page of every major American newspaper and is championed by every leader in the Muslim word.
Clubhouse, the new audio-based social network, announced that it “shut down a number of rooms” in the wake of complaints about anti-Semitism.

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Lifting of Outdoor Mask Mandate is ‘Liberating,’ Israelis Say

Cases of the coronavirus continue to plummet as some scientists claim country may have reached herd immunity

No, Israel is not an Apartheid

By using the inaccurate catch-all of apartheid, these critics delegitimize the state of Israel.

Jewish Community Marks Loss of Prince Philip, Beginning with Prayer

Sabbath prayers for the longest-serving royal consort were a bit different in synagogues across England.

Blinken: US Commitment to Israel ‘Ironclad’

American legislators applauded Israel for overcoming so many challenges since its founding.

The Week Removes Image Criticized As Anti-Semitic

The image featured a Star of David superimposed over President Joe Biden.


In this Transition Moment, A Chance to Appreciate What We Love...

Now that more and more people are getting vaccinated, many of us are gingerly returning to some of our old activities.

Serious Semite: Prince Philip and the Jews

The Duke’s conviction against anti-Semitism began at a young age.

“I am a Zionist”: Our Herzlian Jew-Jitsu Moments Twenty Years Ago

All over the Jewish world, people like me were standing up and going public, not just to defend our people — but to celebrate us.

Grandchildren Tell the Stories of their Survivor Grandparents in New Films

“Something had to be done so that these stories would resonate for today.”

Meet the Couple Giving Away their Fortune to Uplift the City...

Many recipients tell social workers and other agents that they feel that their faith in humanity has been restored.

Unscrolled, Parashat Tazria-Metzora: A Pox Upon Your House

We can concern ourselves with the question of how the Biblical author was seeing.

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An Independence Day They Will Never Forget: ‘Not Like the 4th of July’

New immigrants from America share what Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, means to them

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Has Free Speech Been Cancelled?

First in a Six-Part Series by Larry Greenfield

The Threat to Boycott JNF Threatens American Jews

The organizations threatening to boycott the JNF deny that they favor dividing Jerusalem.

Two Stories as We Celebrate 73 years of the State of Israel

My Zionism teaches me, and Nachman Shai teaches me, that to go back is no option.

Treating The Pandemic Mind

Therapists and other practitioners generally recognize that in this imperfect life, the edge offered by antidepressants makes a difference for many.

The Chase

From the thousands of Israeli songs written since her birth, I find Yaron London's MIRDAF (The Chase) to be the most poetic expression of Israel’s struggle for survival and peace.

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Curious Times Episode 21: A few gifts for Israel’s birthday and the weekly Torah portion

Reflections from Rabbi Adam Kligfeld and Matthew Schultz. Enjoy the conversation. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Stitcher Follow David Suissa on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Shtisel, Shiva and Donny Oy Vey!

What do shivas and b'nai mitzvah have in common? Bagels, of course, and this week, it's the new films "Shiva Baby" and "Donny's Bar...

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...

Gadi Taub: Global Elites and National Citizens

Shmuel Rosner and Gadi Taub discuss Gadi's latest book: "Global Elites and National Citizens: The Attack of the Upper Classes on Israel's Democracy", now...

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: Tazria-Metzora with Jonah Sanderson and Noah Pollock

Noah Pollock and Jonah Sanderson attend the Academy for Jewish Religion in California. Pollock was drawn to be a chaplain from reading stories from...

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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.

David Laskin Breaks New Ground in ‘What Sammy Knew’

The striking similarities between “What Sammy Knew” and today’s social movements are unmistakable.

Israeli and Palestinian Films Face Off for Oscar

In the short films category, both the Israeli and Palestinian entries have placed among the five finalists, no small feat in a field of 174 competitors.

The Stories of Overlooked Female Polish WWII Resistance Fighters

Director Steven Spielberg has optioned the book for a motion picture and signed Batalion to co-write the screenplay.

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