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Finding God in Silent Jewish Meditation

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“You mean, no talking, like not at all?” my sister asked by phone during the two-hour drive to the Royal Way Spiritual Retreat Center...

Ehud Barak: Like the Country He Lives In

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During his West Coast book tour last month, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak kept getting interrupted. At the JCC in San Francisco, a...

Should Jews Feel Guilty About Gaza?

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Whatever your politics, the violence that unfolded last week on the border between Israel and Gaza should provoke a collective Jewish experience of soul-searching...

Photographer Trains Her Eye on Vanishing Jewish Communities

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In 2007, while working on a Jewish-themed photography project in India, New York-based photographer Chrystie Sherman decided to travel from Delhi to Kabul to...

After #MeToo, an Orthodox Rabba confronts the limits – and possibilities – of her...

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In 2009, Rabba Sara Hurwitz made history when she became the first Orthodox woman to earn public ordination at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale...

Should American Jews Criticize Israel?

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Whenever I go on a tear about how much I love Israel, my Israeli best friend rolls his eyes and says, “You should live...

Orthodox Lovers Shake Up ‘Disobedience’

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Steamy lesbian sex. That explains part of the buzz behind the new film “Disobedience,” in which Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams play lovers reunited...

Don’t shoot the messenger: On Natalie Portman

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When the Genesis Prize Foundation announced last November that the Israeli-born actress Natalie Portman would be the recipient of this year’s prize — often...

The Wrong Kind of Jew

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Last week, I was kicked out of a Jewish museum in Granada, Spain. I wish I were being funny or ironic, but this unfortunate event...

Wandering Israelis

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If you had asked me as a child what I’d always remember from Jewish Day School, I doubt I would have counted Larry Milder’s...

A Dream in Limbo

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As a young man living in Hyderabad, India, Kumar* wanted nothing more than to get an education in the United States. He was 22, with...

Our Better Angels

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Let’s give Mark Zuckerberg the benefit of the doubt and assume that when he created Facebook, he intended to contribute to the progress of...

Seeking Refuge in the Promised Land

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Sheyla Berkovich is like many modern 20-year-olds, with her ripped jeans, long blond hair and voracious appetite. On a recent Sunday in Los Angeles, she...

David Light’s View of Zombies, Being Married to a Rabbi and the Trump Era

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David Light, 44, is a Los Angeles-based comedy writer whose first produced feature — Disney Channel’s “Zombies” — premiered last month to an audience...

In America, Life Should Come Before Total Liberty

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“I get through every day by focusing totally on my work, to the point of distraction. And especially when milestones come up — Dylan’s...

‘Lioness’ Details Golda Meir’s Fight

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Francine Klagsbrun is a prolific author and columnist who has written more than a dozen books on topics ranging from Shabbat to marriage. Her...

Male Hysteria

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At a recent Shabbat dinner, my host launched into a diatribe over a “two-page story” in The New York Times which allegedly argues that...

The Tribe That Binds?

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I’m sitting at Café Noir in Tel Aviv, a European-style café famous for schnitzel, while Vice President Mike Pence is in Jerusalem speaking to...

From UC Davis to the Judean Hills

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As a 22-year-old helicopter pilot in Israel’s air force, Eran Pick went to Germany for his annual simulation test, where he discovered something rather...

UN Watch Leader Faces a World of Challenges While Defending Israel

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Hillel Neuer considers it a badge of honor that he is a “feared and dreaded” figure at the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC),...

Oh, Lorde

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It’s a good thing Jews don’t celebrate Christmas, because this last one would have been thoroughly spoiled. ’Twas the night before said holiday when 21-year-old...

Jason Youdeem: Empowering the Next Generation of Jewish Leaders

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Jason Youdeem doesn’t sell himself very well, citing, you know, “a typical Persian story”: that of a first-generation American whose immigrant parents left Iran...

The Great Gun Debate

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It’s been almost a year since I drove to the Los Angeles Gun Club and shot a gun for the first time. I remember...

Doctor Steps Up to Keep the Religion in Circumcision

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When she became a physician, Hadar Waldman expected to improve the quality of people’s lives — but she never expected religion to be part...

Spiritual, Not Religious

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On a family trip to Mexico City last week, we decided to spend Shabbat doing one of the most unrestful activities I can think...

Q&A with Laëtitia Eïdo: Actress Wants Her Work to Be a ‘Link Between People’

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With a French father and Lebanese mother, “Fauda” star Laëtitia Eïdo attributes her versatility as an actress to her mixed ethnicity, as well as...

The Partisan

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“I don’t vote.” That was Politico senior writer Jake Sherman’s answer to a question I asked during a panel on politics at the Jewish Federations...

Change? Not So Fast

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There is great excitement among feminists in America that our culture finally is heeding the voices of women. Over the last several weeks, hundreds of...

How the Weinstein Sex Scandal Began a Movement Against Silence

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‘You Need to Decide’ I used to consider it a badge of honor that Harvey Weinstein once threatened me. By some twisted Hollywood calculus,...

Faith in the Ruins

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In the middle of a Sukkot dinner last week, a guest’s wandering dog got a little lost. When my host, Elon Gold, squeezed through a...
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