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Arnold Eisen

Joseph, Hanukkah, and the Dilemmas of Assimilation

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 12.09.2015 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

Ruminations about assimilation come naturally to Jews in North America at the winter holiday season. How much should a parent insist that Hanukkah is part of public school celebrations that give students a heavy dose of Christmas?

Parashat Behar: Peacemaking and the Quest for Holiness

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

Placing her reflections on "peace-building" in dialogue with the Bible, I am carrying forward a long-standing conversation with a beloved conversation partner of long standing about a text and a topic that are both dear to my heart.

A Jew At Christmas

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

It was a point of pride for my parents and teachers that we clung faithfully to traditions such as Hanukkah in the face of so much Christmas -- and a source of pride in America that we could do so, for the most part, unmolested.

Why A Jewish Seminary Must Find Common Ground With Islam

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

There is no more urgent issue for individuals and communities of faith at this moment than to find our way to genuine cooperation, tolerance and mutual respect. The moderates of all faiths have to talk often and well, lest the extremists carry the day.