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A Time for Prayer, Thanksgiving, Discernment and Strategic Nonviolent Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
Marian Wright Edelman

Through daily moral consciousness we must all counter the proliferating voices of racial and ethnic and religious division that are regaining too much respectability over the land.

Thanksgiving and Political Correctness

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Thanksgiving has been celebrated by Native Americans, Christians, Jews and whoever else wants to since 1621, and I firmly believe we should continue unapologetically to celebrate giving thanks to God Almighty for our many blessings.

Anita Diamant's The Boston Girl: An Immigrant's Tale, Hanging Onto the Old Ways

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 11.21.2014 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

From the opening of Anita Diamant's heartwarming novel, The Boston Girl, when Addie Bauman, an 85-year-old grandmother recounts her life story to her granddaughter, I was struck by the similarities between the Jewish cultural beliefs and mores in Boston in 1915, when Addie's story starts, and in Iran, where I grew up in the 1960s and '70s.

These Texas Doctors Prove That Jews And Muslims Can Achieve Great Things By Working Together

Houston Chronicle | Karen Chen | Posted 11.16.2014 | Religion

In a collaboration that's being called the first of its kind in the country, Muslim and Jewish doctors joined forces Sunday to provide free medical sc...

Wannabe Demographers?

Diane Tobin | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion
Diane Tobin

Shalva Weil's characterization of "wannbe" Jews is itself derogatory and dismissive. Those exploring their heritage or seeking to convert to Judaism should according to our tradition be treated with respect, even if they do not choose to complete their journey.

Bridging Jewish Generations

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Millennial Jews are not joining synagogues at the same rate as their parents and certainly not at the same rate as their grandparents. Many Jewish leaders are struggling to understand this new generation, which will have a profound impact on the future of Jewish life in America.

Merry F*@king Christmas

Rich Siegel | Posted 11.10.2014 | Comedy
Rich Siegel

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, whatever the hell that means. Break out the ugly sweaters. Get those antlers on the SUV. Tis the season to be jolly. Put a smile on your face. It could be worse. Christmas could be a Jewish Holiday.

Yoga Anyone?

Rachel Wahba | Posted 11.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Rachel Wahba

When I arrived in Los Angeles ten years earlier as an eighteen year old foreigner, it wasn't Kobe, and it was a lot bigger than The American Pharmacy. I was about to live my dream of being surrounded by Americans, especially American Jews.

What Jewish Millennials Want

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.06.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

We are creatures of expression living in an age of expression. We are deluged daily with information and opinion, with pundits and preachers proffering perspective.

Why Don't Progressive Jews Believe in an Afterlife? Are They Missing Something?

Stafford Betty | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Stafford Betty

As a professor who studies attitudes toward death among a wide populace, I ask myself, "Are my Jewish friends in denial?" After all, if death really is our destination, then we cease to exist when we die.

New Warsaw Museum Sheds Light on 1,000 Year Story of Jews in Poland

Penny Schwartz | Posted 11.04.2014 | Arts
Penny Schwartz

In a ceremony marked by fanfare, pageantry and a measure of solemnity, on October 28, the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews officially opened its doors to the public.

Never Forget, and Never Again

Paul Benjamin | Posted 10.27.2014 | World
Paul Benjamin

The total population of Assyrians living in countries outside their native and indigenous homelands of Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey outnumber those living in the original homelands by five to one. This is not by choice; rather, it is driven by ethnic persecution.

Ebola and Public Health Versus the 'Bottom Line'

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics
Bernard Starr

If Ebola continued as confined outbreaks for a limited time, a patent for a drug to treat it, or a vaccine to prevent it, might not feed the corporate bottom line. So we have waited for a desperate crisis when a cure might bring enough profit to light up the bottom line.

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 11.25.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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.