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The Imaginary War on Christmas

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 02.26.2014 | Media
Lincoln Mitchell

The War on Christmas story reflects the discomfort that many socially conservative media figures, and presumably at least some of their followers, feel with an increasingly diverse country where people are no longer afraid to express their views.

The Case For Dating Shiksas: Why One Gay Jewish Woman Dates Outside of the Tribe

J.E. Reich | Posted 02.25.2014 | Gay Voices
J.E. Reich

No matter which way you put it on paper, it is related to the same course of logic that was used fifty years ago to ban interracial dating. The rhetoric of "stick to your own kind" vis-a-vis Jewish dating isn't exactly bigotry, but it isn't quite not.

Community: A Gift for the Jewish Future

William Daroff | Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion
William Daroff

Inclusion means ensuring everyone can access Jewish institutions and activities, and understanding that each one of us has a role to play so that all people are welcome and can participate meaningfully.

How My Kindergartner Saved Chrismukkah

Suzanne Fleet | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Fleet

"Guys! Mommy's fussing at daddy. Daddy's fussing at mommy. Everybody stop fussing and let's get a Christmas tree," said Asher, 6.

Baby Jesus: Not Welcome Here

Cheryl Moch | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Cheryl Moch

I can admire your trees and your lights in this dark season and your Santa with his merry laugh. But it all gets too serious when I see that manger with its empty cradle waiting for the birth of a baby whose horrible death will be blamed on me.

In Present Ukrainian Crisis, a Middle Way Must Be Found

Oleksandr Feldman | Posted 02.14.2014 | Religion
Oleksandr Feldman

At this fateful moment, the moral imperative I wish to convey to people on both sides of this struggle is, 'Please take a deep breath and do everything humanly possible to find a way to resolve this dangerous situation peacefully, before blood flows in earnest.'

Mandela's Road to Reconciliation: The Next Stop on the Journey

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

In 2003, I traveled to South Africa with my dear friend, Martin Luther King III, at the invitation of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, where we spoke at their centenary celebration on the state of black-Jewish relations in the United States.

Reading the Bible As a Human Being

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

More than the commentaries, we learn from listening to each other. It is a fundamental understanding of the group that everyone has something to learn and something to teach. Truth is sought through dialogue.

What Christmas Is Really Like For Jews

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 12.10.2013 | Comedy

"Christmas night / Lonely night / Nothing to do / For I am a Jew." In this parody of "Silent Night," a choir of young Jews mourn the fact that they...

People of the Story... or the Study?

Samara Hutman | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Samara Hutman

Tonight is mid-stream Chanukah and Thanksgiving is behind us. In the end, I'm not sure the confluence of the two birthed any physical or spiritual properties for my family or me.

Jewish Teen Offers Incredible Bar Mitzvah Speech In Support Of Gay Marriage

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

An Oregon teen is heating up the blogosphere after video footage of his incredible Bar Mitzvah speech in support of same-sex marriage surfaced. In...

One Jew's Take on the War on Christmas

Andy Ostroy | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion
Andy Ostroy

Of course, Palin is widely known for her intellectual curiosity, her objectivity, her distaste for inflammatory rhetoric and her adherence to facts. So we must ask, is The Wasilla Wonder onto something here?

Eight Reasons for Thanks

S.R. Hewitt | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
S.R. Hewitt

This year, as we give thanks on Thanksgiving, American Jews can keep in mind these eight special reasons for American Jews to give thanks.

The Torah of Touchdowns

Aviva A. Perlo | Posted 01.24.2014 | Religion
Aviva A. Perlo

I grew up with a Dad who played football. People used to ask, "Your Dad played professional football? Really? Is he Jewish?"

Kosher Turkey: Traditions that Compliment - and Compete

Stuart Dow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Stuart Dow

From its outset, the Torah posits an ongoing tension between two imperatives - the universal and the particular: The God of Israel is the God of all humanity, so morality transcends nationality, but Jews have additional obligations they are commanded to keep.

The Miraculous Hanukkah-Seed

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

On Hanukkah we wish one another, Hanukkah same'ah! 'Happy Hanukkah!' Because it's a celebration, a remembrance of something good, a time in our mythic past when our ancestors saw miracles . . . and needed them.

What Europe's Far-Right Parties Can Learn From Islam

Craig Considine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Craig Considine

Members of Europe's far-right parties can look to the great Muslim leaders for guidance in how to treat Muslims in their societies.

The Statistics of Evil

Reza Pahlavi | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Reza Pahlavi

For the Iran watchers and policy makers who think President Rouhani has any real authority in Iran, know that the absolute power in Iran and man responsible for this evil is Ayatollah Khamenei, along with the other unelected members of the Supreme Council.

Letter to Hollywood -- I Don't Have a Beard or Side Curls and I Look Just Like You: American Judaism's Image Problem

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

Why do the entertainment and advertising industries need us to look like hasids or caricatures of Jewishness? Why is the image of a female rabbi, or a clean-shaven, young, attractive male rabbi with all his hair so rare? Why do they insist on "other-ing" us?

The Return of the Blood Libel: Can Art Stop the Hemorrhaging of Hate?

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

You might shake your head at this grim piece of history and then be comforted that those hate-driven persecutions were rooted in a primitive bygone era. But think again.

Guiding Jewish/Muslim Relations Through the Life of Maimonides, the 12th Century Jewish Scholar

Craig Considine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Craig Considine

In searching outside the realm of his own cultural tradition for wisdom, Maimonides showed us how we can build on our commonalities through a process of mixing. His life is proof that people of various backgrounds can break down walls which divide us upon our differences.

Thanksgiving: Parshat VaYeitzei

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Leah names her fourth son "Yehuda," drawing the name from a word meaning thankfulness. But why did she wait for her fourth son's birth before thanking G-d?

One Texan's Remedy for War: 'Preemptive Love'

Greg Barrett | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Greg Barrett

When a native Texan named Jeremy Courtney took the stage at the 2012 Q Conference he had no idea he would, in effect, be pitching his 2013 memoir, Pre...

6 'Easy' Steps to Solving the Israeli-Arab Conflict

Dan_Weiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Dan_Weiss

With the Syrian chemical weapons crisis seemingly behind us, it is high time to tackle the most central issue in the Middle East, namely the Israeli-P...

Defending Palestinian Human Rights, the Key to a Just Peace

James Zogby | Posted 12.26.2013 | World
James Zogby

Only when Palestinians are known and their rights are fully recognized will the US feel the need to press for balanced peace that recognizes the rights and needs of Israelis and Palestinians alike.