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Ferguson Is Not Gaza

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

We stand together, but we know that our interwoven lives require a recognition of independent dignity. So too must Palestinians claim their own way forward, perhaps gleaning from the current moment in Ferguson (and Hong Kong) alternatives to violence.

Israeli And Palestinian Teens Sing About 'Home' Together

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.10.2014 | Religion

The Palestinian and Israeli members of the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus both call the ancient city of Jerusalem their home. Despite the decades of ...

Warsaw Has Lots of Apples -- and Candles

Michael Winship | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

People in Poland are eating apples these days. Lots of apples. Here in Warsaw, they're pressed into your hands at a street festival, or baked into piles of pies and cakes. You see them everywhere. It's an act of defiance.

Answering the Pew

Dan Ross | Posted 10.09.2014 | Religion
Dan Ross

Our current data is of course limited by survey's methods, which were good at collecting the information that we thought we wanted, like intermarriage rates and the ascendance of "Jews of no religion."

Let Jews Be Jews!

Susie Sampson | Posted 10.06.2014 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

Apparently the love guru himself hates us and the country of France isn't doing that well either. Shockingly though, BROOKLYN has some haters... way to alienate your target audience.

Celebrating EidFrancisKippur!

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.03.2014 | Religion

It’s a match made in heaven! The world’s three Abrahamic faiths are bridging their great divide in a pretty wonderful way this Saturday. Yom...

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Defend Right To Ritual Chicken Slaughter

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.03.2014 | Religion

Hundreds of Ultra-Orthodox Jews in New York City flocked together this week to perform Kaporos, the ritual slaughtering of chickens for Yom Kippur. ...

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

5 Bad Storytelling Habits of Highly Annoying Rabbis

Jonathan S. Shapiro | Posted 09.27.2014 | Religion
Jonathan S. Shapiro

To the learned men and women who lead the Jewish faith I would like to offer a simple message: Enough already. A frequent consumer of rabbinical sermons, I can say, with all due respect, that most of the time, the sermon bombs. And it is usually because of the same bad storytelling habits.

Breaking the Jewish Taboo on Germany

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Lev Raphael

This is Banned Books Week and though I've never had any of my twenty-five books banned, one of my books was sidelined in an insidious way that amounte...

Viewer Discretion Is Advised: Some of the MOST Emotional Photos I Have Ever Taken, from Auschwitz

Jared Polin AKA the FRO | Posted 09.25.2014 | Arts
Jared Polin AKA the FRO

We must feel, we must capture, we must create. I have felt that feeling and hope to feel it many more times as I continue on my path as a photographer.

Shylock and Ponzi Schemers

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

For many, the name, Shylock, conjures all the vicious lies, caricatures and tropes of Jews that pervaded Europe for centuries. It reminds Jews like me that there are hatemongers out there who truly believe that we Jews control international finance.

Maybe It's Time We Gave You an Apology

Lester & Charlie | Posted 09.20.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Sensitivity be damned. Offending people may not work for everyone, but Urban Outfitters obviously feels it works for them -- surely they'll find more ways to offend. It's going to be hard to top a bloody Kent State sweatshirt, however.

If Not Us, Who?

David Harris | Posted 09.14.2014 | World
David Harris

I was one of the six Americans selected to live and work in the Soviet Union in the fall of 1974. I was 25 years old. And I went with a sense of youthful idealism, believing that such person-to-person contact could help ease tensions between nations.

Arab-Jewish Funk Duo Make Joyous Music Together

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.12.2014 | Religion

Chromeo, the Arab-Jewish musical duo who made a splash this spring with their latest album “White Women,” joined HuffPost Live for a chat on Thurs...

Washington State Rabbi Becomes U.S. Air Force Chaplain With Beard Intact

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.12.2014 | Religion

A Washington state rabbi didn’t have to split hairs when it came to joining the U.S. Air Force -- he came on board with his beard intact. Rabbi E...

Stoking the Fire: Anti-Semitism and Intellectuals in Today's Turkey

Umut Özkırımlı | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
Umut Özkırımlı

The Turkish government and its "organic intellectuals" have been stoking the fire of polarization and exclusion for quite some time now. Yet the fire of anti-semitism, and more generally racism, bears few resemblances to other fires.

Authentic and False Images of Jesus in Artworks

Bernard Starr | Posted 09.05.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Jesus would likely be horrified by the image of him displaying a crucifix. The only crucifix he ever held was the one he was nailed to in the brutal process of his crucifixion.

India's Jewish Community: Vibrant, Strong, Uproarious

Noah Gardenswartz | Posted 09.04.2014 | Impact
Noah Gardenswartz

A few minutes before the plane touched down and I was introduced to the complete sensory overload that is India, I realized that I was prepared to meet Jews and I was prepared to meet Indians, but I still wasn't prepared to meet Jewish Indians.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 3)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

We recently decided to have an extended email conversation addressing the Islamic State (ISIS) in Faisal's home country of Iraq, being called an "Uncle Tom" by white people, the existence -- or non-existence -- of a "moderate" Islam, and the one key factor needed to bring about a true Islamic reformation.

Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' Represents the Best in Jewish American Thought And True Support for Israel

H. A. Goodman | Posted 09.02.2014 | Media
H. A. Goodman

Comedy is a natural antidote for euphemistic, political jargon aimed at stifling debate and far too many people in the Jewish community today confuse criticism with malicious intent. Stewart's recent Daily Show segment highlights the sad reality faced by many in the American Jewish community.

History Repeats Itself and the World Remains Silent

Jonathan Biron | Posted 08.28.2014 | World
Jonathan Biron

The battle against anti-Semitism is a human and moral one. It should unite all those who seek peace and equality in the world. The battle against anti-Semitism is about human rights and democracy.

The U.S. Jewish Community, Amoral Familism and the Crisis of Palestine

Steve Koppman | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Steve Koppman

Confronting today's Israel and demanding it change is not a rejection of Judaism but the most profound manifestation of it.

Imagine a World Without Israel - Part 2

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

Given the amount of news print, UN resolutions, radio and television air time spent commenting, discussing, attacking, challenging and reviling Israel...

Nature's Beauty and History's Horrors Intersect on Anniversary of Ukrainian Holocaust Massacre: Mourning on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 10.12.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

As you stroll along the clifftops of this stunningly beautiful town in western Ukraine, gaze at the river in the ravine below languidly looping back o...