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“Hatikvah” Means “the Hope” in Hebrew. For These Two Hatikvah Slate Members, It Also Means Integrity.

“Hatikvah means “the hope” in Hebrew. For these two members of the Hatikvah slate of candidates for the World Zionist Congress, who come from different backgrounds, generations, and professions, “hatikvah” also means “integrity.” The Challenges For Molly Wernick, it began when she arrived on her college campus in the late ‘00s after...

Our Interests

“You will come around,” said a particularly dickish family friend as he dismissed my point about the importance of a social program out of hand. “You’ll grow out of this. It is against your interests.” He wasn’t the only person who said some version of this to me as a kid, but...

Book Review: Here is Our Light, Humanistic Jewish Holiday and Life-Cycle Liturgy for Inspiration and Reflection (Ben Yehuda Press)

Here is Our Light, edited by Rabbi Miriam Jerris and Sheila Malcolm, is a collection of original liturgical pieces and short liturgical commentaries. Although Humanistic Jewish congregations also use some traditional Jewish sources, contemporary and older music and poetry, and material adapted from general secular culture, this particular book only contains new...

A Tale of Two Kenneths: A Brief History of Campus Antisemitism in U.S. Civil Rights Law, 2004–present

Kenneth L. Marcus (left) and Kenneth S. Stern (right) (Or: Why the Executive Order on Antisemitism Does Matter) By Caroline Morganti and Isaac Brooks Fishman Earlier this month, President Trump issued an executive order on antisemitism, which created more confusion than policy. It is not clear from the face of the order...

Speaking for G!d: The Meta-Miracle of Chanukah

Laynie Soloman is a faculty member and Director of National Learning at SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva. Chanukah is filled with miracles—long-lasting surprise pockets of oil, an unexpected military victory, the legacy of zealous resistance in the face of hegemonic powers—but one of the most miraculous aspects of this holiday is how...

Seasonal Disruption

On the first day of Holy Week I sat on the floor with the other penitents chanting and singing words both ancient and modern. We sang “Oh Lord prepare me to be a Sanctuary,” and then we chanted: “It may be the holiday season but Amazon sucks for so many reasons.” It...

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