Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

By:
Howie Beigelman
Everyone knows the Orthodox community supports school reform for "parochial" reasons -- the strain on our household budgets from multiple tuitions at Jewish day school. But Orthodox support is about far more. It's about Jewish values. The poor and near poor in our society are trapped in failing schools. That's not right or fair. That was also the message of...
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We are watching the dramatic events unfold in Egypt with a mind-boggling mixture of fascination, empathy, awe and fear. It's not the first time that a people has risen up against an Egyptian ruler; we've been there and done that. And as a community that values democratic ideals, we can empathize with the passionate yearning for political liberty and economic...
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By:
Rela Mintz Geffen
Five years ago, Ayelet Waldman dared to write an article in The New York Times saying that she loved her husband (the writer Michael Chabon) more than her children. For this, she was labeled a "bad mother," received rafts of hate mail and even death threats. The response was so vociferous and voluminous that she wrote a book about her...
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By:
Rabbi Steven Greenberg
My grandma was the epitome of a babushka -- a loving, overly emotional Russian woman, and I was the apple of her eye. She called me "Stevenyu." For her, I could do no wrong. So when my mother learned that her first-born son, an Orthodox rabbi, named after her father who died in Auschwitz, was gay, she couldn't bear her...
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We Need a Grassroots Movement for Judaism In the United States, Jews are outnumbered by Christians at a conservative ratio of 10:1 nationally. How is our culture supposed to keep up with the ever-expanding Christian society and not have our voices drowned out? We need a robust grassroots movement across the nation, and maybe even the world, to introduce people...
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