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Jewish Response to Homelessness

Recently, my friend Ari responded to an email written to the leaders of a local upper west side minyan regarding a local homeless man named Yosef who was reaching out for help from the Jewish community. (see “comments” for original email) This was his response: As many of you do, I imagine,...

Good Coverage

BitterLemons.org is assembling some pretty interesting coverage of the Middle East conflict, for those who need a more nuanced approach than what the news offers.

Do Settlements Threaten Peace?

A new music video on Palestinian television glorifies the killing of Jewish settlers in Palestinian territory. Regardless of heightened security concerns around such sentiments, and the cost thereof, Sharon proclaims the settlers ain’t goin’ nowhere. Will such fanaticism be the undoing of a peaceful resolution to this conflict? In other news, Remedy...

Regurgitating the Litigurgical

The Conservative movement has introduced a new piece of liturgy for Yom HaShoah—Megillat HaShoah (“The Shoah Scroll”), which was read for the first time during last month’s Yom HaShoah observances at Beth David B’nai Israel Beth Am Synagogue in Toronto, and which will potentially become ritualized among Conservative worshippers throughout the world....

Faith in Pharaoh and a Gambling Grampa

The Association of Jewish Libraries has recently launched Jewish Values Finder, which offers librarians, teachers, parents, and other users a single source of information and selection guidance for children’s books of Jewish content, published since 1995. (previous to 1995, such information was available from Marcia Posner’s Juvenile Judaica) For example, when I...

Subtle Bias

On May 8, The New York Times reported: “Three more Palestinians were killed in scattered violence, including one who blew himself up with a car bomb next to an Israeli tank in southern Gaza.” Killed?! Isn’t the proper term for this terrorist’s failed effort died?

Shabbat Shalom

As we begin to enter in earnest the political race for the next president of the United States, Senator Joe Lieberman is finding himself at odds with the other candidates. The presidential-hopeful, who is Sabbath observant, has been already been missing several opportunities to get his message across. Last week, at a...