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Repairing A Broken World

Jesse Bogner | Posted 04.25.2016 | Religion
Jesse Bogner

The world is broken and wants to be whole again. Maybe this is the source of the prominence of the Talmudic phrase Tikkun Olam, meaning literally, "to...

From Tel Aviv to Ramallah With Love

Marianne Williamson | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

Anyone seeking a real solution in Israel and Palestine rejects the us-versus-them mentality entirely. The solution to the problem is not on the level of land, but on the level of consciousness. The fundamental polarity in that region is not between Israelis and Palestinians, but between those who hate and those who love.

How to Survive Passover With Your Digestive Tract Intact

Rachel Lithgow | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion
Rachel Lithgow

In spring, as the saying goes, a man's fancy turns to baseball. Likewise, in spring, the Jew's fancy turns to the eternal question our ancestors have been asking for a millennia: What do I serve and eat for Passover?

Ashkenazi Jews Can Now Eat Sushi During Passover

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.19.2016 | Religion

This year, the Passover menus of many American Jews may feature rice and beans or sushi for the first time, thanks to new rules taking them off the li...

Note to Fellow Jews this Passover: Let's Stop Behaving Like Eternal Victims

Alan Elsner | Posted 04.15.2016 | Religion
Alan Elsner

It seems as if Israeli leaders and citizens as well as many Jews around the world who support Israel unquestioningly are still most comfortable in the assumed role of historic victim. This is understandable.

What American Jews Need

Rabbi Abraham Unger, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Unger, Ph.D.

A faith resource rooted in eliciting positions on justice from the Hebrew canon can be a positive stepping stone for dialogue between diverse populations seeking pathways to relieve global cleavages.

AIPAC's Applause for Trump's Speech a Disgrace for American Jews

Lara Friedman | Posted 03.22.2016 | World
Lara Friedman

Trump's triumphant reception at AIPAC is what happens when American Jews have drunk the AIPAC Kool-Aid for decades and convinced themselves that their progressive Jewish values can and must be disconnected from their support for Israel.

Trump Is Morally Unfit to Be Our President

Alan Elsner | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
Alan Elsner

The growing possibility that Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential nominee is stirring a debate within the American Jewish community about how to view his candidacy, particularly in the light of his upcoming address to the AIPAC policy conference on Monday.

The Wailing Wall Wails (Over Our Separation)

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 03.07.2016 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

The latest round in the battle for permission to pray at the kotel (Wailing Wall) reflects the sad state of our people. Theoretically, "Reform rabbis ...

Pop-Up Judaism and Millennial Jews

Zachary Braiterman | Posted 02.19.2016 | Religion
Zachary Braiterman

Experimental, impromptu, and intensely curated, Pop-up Judaism places a premium on art and community. It's also entrepreneurial, consumer-driven, with an eye on a demographic niche.

Why Jews Have No Future in Europe

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 01.25.2016 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

As a Kabbalist, specializing in the intricacies of human nature, I know that as the situation in Europe worsens, and it will, the pressure on the Jews...

Cha Cha Cha Chaaaaaappyyyyy Chhhanukahhhhhhh!

Lisa Geduldig | Posted 12.10.2015 | San Francisco
Lisa Geduldig

Here in San Francisco, where I accidentally moved 33 years ago from Anatevka (well, New York), the stores don't know Pesach from Chanukah. As soon as ...

At Home With God

Barry David Kluger | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion
Barry David Kluger

Have I repented? Have I asked for redemption of my transgressions? Have I become a better person because I have looked into my heart and my soul and asked for guidance to set my life on a course that will cause His countenance to shine upon me? I certainly hope so - but in the end, that's really between me and my God.

What It's Like For Non-White Jews During The High Holidays

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.16.2015 | Religion

Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt's kitchen holds a curious mix of their two cultural traditions. Kim's family is Korean and Leavitt's family is of Ashkenazi...

Obama Rejects Iran Deal Critics' Charges Of Anti-Semitism

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.01.2015 | Religion

(RNS) President Obama told the editor of an influential Jewish publication that “there’s not a smidgen of evidence” that he is anti-Semitic, a c...

Obama Says He Never Suggested Schumer, Other Iran Deal Critics Want War

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama said in an interview published Monday that he respects the motives of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and some other opponents of t...

Lead by Fear, Jewish Leadership Fails

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 07.29.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Maybe it is time Jewish American leadership was more like Queen Esther, who wasn't afraid of losing her position or her life for the sake of her brothers and sisters, and less like those whose fears of accusations of disloyalty or increased anti-Semitism prevented them from acting to save millions.

Why Holocaust Analogies Aren't Helping Republicans Win Jewish Votes

John A. Tures | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
John A. Tures

Republicans have done everything they can to win the Jewish vote, never missing an opportunity to link Democrats and any foreign policy opponent to the Nazis and the Holocaust. They just don't get how offensive such remarks are to Jewish voters, continuing to drive them toward Democrats.

Reclaiming Jewish Identity: An Aboriginal People of the Middle East

Binyamin Arazi | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Binyamin Arazi

Much of the confusion surrounding Jewish identity is the result of our unique historical circumstances, and our status as a nation that had been displaced by colonizers centuries ago and remained in exile until relatively recently.

Is the Golden Age Over for American Jews?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

100 years ago my great grandfather took a ship from Poland to New York. He eventually made his way to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He soon sent for his two brothers and sister, who made their way there as well.

34 Life Lessons You Learn At Jewish Summer Camp

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion

Cult classic "Wet Hot American Summer" gets a few things about Jewish summer camp gloriously wrong: Campers are generally not left to drown in the lak...

Bad for the Jews, Bad for America

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.26.2016 | Religion
Sandy Goodman

The American Jewish community is coming apart at the seams. Its vital center is collapsing, and the entire group is increasingly polarized by runaway growth at both extremes: religious fundamentalism on one end, secular non-belief on the other.

Some Thoughts on Israel's Independence Day

Alan Elsner | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Alan Elsner

With the U.S.-Israel relationship under growing strain, someone has to step forward to act as its guardian. American Jews have a crucial role in that. We need to begin by laying out the contours of a normal, healthy relationship between Israel and the United States.

Jewish National Fund Award To Anti-Gay Pastor Angers Some Jews

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 04.08.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Decrying Atlanta pastor Charles Stanley’s “sordid history of virulent homophobic statements and actions,” a gay Jewish group is protesting...

The Days of 'Kumbaya' Are Over: It's Time for Netanyahu and Abbas to Enter the Tent

Dana Beyer | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Dana Beyer

When both Barack Obama and James Baker take the same position on a critical foreign policy and national security issue, you know things have changed. When the bald call for automatic support for an Israeli government that has betrayed its own principles and people, and its agreements with the United States, finally turns away former supporters, you know things have changed.