I wear my crimson red string as a talisman; thought to have magical powers of protection and rewards of good luck. The tradition is popularly thought to be associated with Judaism's Kabbalah and the story of Rachel who gave to others and was blessed in return.
Unfurling her collapsible cane, Cynthia Groopman strides toward the door of her room. Once she's in the hallway, she feels around the lock with her fingers until she "sees" the slot for the key.
How does our Jewish community make a decision on an issue that is crucial to our own future and the fate of the world around us -- like the decision that faces us now about making sure that Iran adheres to its own claim that it does not intend to produce nuclear weapons?
It is both shocking and embarrassing that these extremists cite my Torah as the blueprint for their brutality. If we Jewish people are to call on Muslims to rail against Islamic extremism, then we in the Jewish community must heed our own call. We must stand in opposition against those who tarnish Judaism through their hate and bloodshed.
I landed back in Israel last Monday after having been abroad nearly two weeks for congresses with my students in South and North America, a (very successful) lecture in Queens, NY, and meetings with media personnel and opinion leaders.
Internationally acclaimed sex educator Dr. Susan Block (known widely as "Dr. Suzy") just might hold the key to world peace. Her latest book, The Bo...
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.
With religious liberty under siege around the world, people of goodwill should stand for the rights of believers everywhere. Unpopular minority faiths are like the proverbial canary in the mine: When they die, further violations of human life and dignity inevitably are coming.
Her art is driven by her sense of empathy towards a profound quest for life's redemptive meanings as the antidote for her glimpse of incomprehensible evil.
This is my first contribution to the Huffington Post so let me introduce myself. I am the Executive Director of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JF...
Jews are in mourning. They have been, at this time of year, for nearly 2000 years, and more. Every year they recall that their most sacred site, the Jerusalem Temple, was destroyed at this time.
To imply that Bernie Sanders' style of Democratic Socialism even stands on the same side of the political spectrum as the National Socialism of the Nazi Party shows not only a total misunderstanding of history and political theory, but more importantly, it underscores yet again the dog whistle politics of neo-conservatism.
Last night, I gave a lecture at the Rego Park Jewish Center in Queens, New York. The topic was "What makes people single out Jews, and what can counter anti-Semitism's sharp rise." Admittedly, I was not very hopeful.
Does a "sleep-in" have the power to make a difference in the Middle East? One group of Israelis think so. This week, Israeli peace activists began a sleep-in protest in the Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya to prevent the Israeli army from demolishing it, as reported by The Independent.
These are not great times for Jewish-Muslim relations. In many ways, these are not great times for religion as such. There is so much bad religion around that we sometimes wish it didn't exist. It need not be so. It was not always so. Moments like holy times, such as the month of Ramadan and the concluding Eid el Fitr, are moments when we can imagine alternatives.
In the Jewish tradition, we are taught Yehi ch'vod chaveirach chaviv alecha k'shelach -- "The dignity of your friend should be as dear to you as your own"