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Tragedy aftermath highlights the power of intergroup relations

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In the aftermath of the worst anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history, the Jewish community is asking itself how to best counter rising anti-Semit…

Voting is a mitzvah

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Hebrew school taught us that there are 613 mitzvot, or obligations, that instruct us on how to be good people in the world. Among them are car…

A measured midterm shift

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The results of last week’s midterms didn’t meet the “blue wave” projections of the Democrats, nor did it qualify as the total vindication soug…

The Knesset talks anti-Semitism

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Last week, the Knesset’s Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Committee met to discuss anti-Semitism in America in the wake of the Oct. 27 sho…

An enduring message from the Torah in troubled times

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Just three hours after the massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, I was called to chant Torah in Phoenix as I became a bat mitzvah at the age …

Beit Shemesh moves forward

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In Israel’s municipal elections last week, the city of Beit Shemesh narrowly voted out its two-term mayor, Moshe Abutbul. In doing so, it ende…

What’s a mother to do?

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We are all aware of the increased anti-Semitic, anti-Israel bigotry in our world, which leaves us feeling helpless and, at times, hopeless. 

Solidarity and comfort after Pittsburgh

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It was Solidarity Shabbat and the pews were full. So upsetting was the murder of 11 Jewish worshipers in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27, so saturated w…

Hineni. Here I am.

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On Friday nights, we walk past the police officer who stands outside the gates of our synagogue. The girls smile and wave at him as we enter f…

Uniting against American dog whistlers

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Saturday’s vicious anti-Semitic attack in Pittsburgh was a cowardly act of a man acting alone. Yet his radicalization, like the “MAGA-bomber” …

Words matter. Use them wisely

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I’m in Israel right now with Hazon’s largest ever Israel Ride — 219 participants, plus more than 60 crew and staff members. 

Netanyahu’s Palestinian vision

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In discussing his solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a Diaspora audience last week at the Jewish Federations of North America G…

Horror in Pittsburgh

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We are overwhelmed with deep emotions of anger, frustration and despair over the senseless attack last Shabbat at the Tree of Life synagogue i…

Special editorial: #WeAreAllJews

Special editorial: #WeAreAllJews

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Earlier this year, our colleagues at the three leading Jewish newspapers in the U.K. published the same front-page headline and joint editoria…

Hesitance to come forward is understandable

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Recently, I have been contacted by a surprising number of people who have shared with me their stories of past sexual abuse of different kinds…

An erratic ally

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If reports are correct, journalist Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 to obtain a document he needed to mar…

Protecting families, protecting jobs

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October is National Work and Family Month. The best way to celebrate our nation’s commitment to both work and family is updating our nation’s …

Some takeaways from Jewish voter poll

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We are puzzled why so much noise has been made about a recent poll showing that 75 percent of American Jewish voters are still Democrats. That…

My year of saying Mourner’s Kaddish

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My father was a very religious Jew, and when his parents died, he said the Mourner’s Kaddish for my bubbie and zayde twice a day, every day fo…

Aiming at authoritarians, Sanders misfires

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made a major foreign policy speech last week in which he identified an emerging authoritarian strain around the wo…