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A Dangerous Rise In Anti-Semitism: The Past Is Present

Dr. Alan Kadish | Posted 04.06.2017 | Religion
Dr. Alan Kadish

Daily reports of anti-Semitism in different areas of the U.S. are alarming many in the Jewish community and beyond. Last year, there were 600 hate cr...

There's Going To Be A Hanukkah Party At A Trump Hotel And These Jews Aren't Happy

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.06.2016 | Religion

A national Jewish organization is co-hosting a Hanukkah party at Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. But some Jewish leaders are not pleased ...

How It's 'Absolutely' Possible For Steve Bannon To Be Pro-Israel And Anti-Semitic

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.18.2016 | Religion

Steve Bannon, former head of Breitbart News, has for years quite proudly given white nationalists and anti-Semites a platform to spread their hate. Wh...

A Modern Textbook About Judaisms (and Why it Should be Pluralized)

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 11.02.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Judaism is a millennia-old faith rooted in tradition, but the makeup of its adherents is diverse and continues to change. I don't believe the way its ...

Encino Man

Bryan Behar | Posted 10.26.2016 | Comedy
Bryan Behar

By no grand design, the last two books I've read--Philip Roth's American Pastoral and Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run--while disparate in tone and con...

10 Inspiring Wishes For The Jewish New Year

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.30.2016 | Religion

According to tradition, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is the “birthday of the universe,” the day that God finished the great work of creatin...

American And Israeli Jews Are Strongly Connected But Sharply Divided

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.30.2016 | Religion

American and Israeli Jews have much more than an ocean dividing them. Four out of five Jews in the world live in either Israel or the United States. ...

Jew Am I?

Bryan Behar | Posted 09.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Bryan Behar

Despite my unpronounceable surname, formidable Dukakis-level brow line and decidedly Jewtastic seasonal allergies, I've always considered myself a reg...

Immigration Is The Key To America's Greatness

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.12.2016 | Politics
Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D.

Sometimes, the sound of a door slamming shut can reverberate across generations. Right now, in the presidential election campaign and debate about immigration reform we are hearing powerful echoes of a door that was firmly closed in 1924.

Brexit Reflects EU's Failure To Create A European Identity - And Israel Should Take Heed

Carlo Strenger | Posted 06.27.2016 | World
Carlo Strenger

And indeed I think that Israel's lack of vision is already creating the analogue of Brexit: As Peter Beinart has been arguing for years, the younger generation of American Jews, who are overwhelmingly liberal and cosmopolitan in outlook, are progressively disengaging from an Israel, with which they cannot identify, and whose values they do not share.

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: 10 Days in Havana, Part Five

Perry Brass | Posted 06.02.2016 | Arts
Perry Brass

Inside the newly renovated Gran Teatro Alicia Alonzo. I spent ten days in Havana, Cuba, from February 9, 2016 to February 19, 2016--roughly a month...

Repairing A Broken World

Jesse Bogner | Posted 04.23.2017 | 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 04.24.2017 | 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 04.21.2017 | 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 04.16.2017 | 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 04.09.2017 | 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 03.23.2017 | 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 03.18.2017 | 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 03.05.2017 | 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 02.19.2017 | 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 01.21.2017 | 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 12.09.2016 | 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 09.24.2016 | 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...