Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774

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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When some 500 Jews gather at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy on Sunday for the annual phone-a-thon for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, they'll be doing more than making phone calls. They'll be delivering a message that your dollars count in our community. It's a message none of us can afford to ignore. At a time of growing...
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Reports that Iran has suffered a major setback in its quest for nuclear weapons is welcome news, but it must not lead to complacency. Meir Dagan, the outgoing head of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, said last week that Iran likely would not have a bomb before 2015. Prior to that, Israeli assessments had predicted a weapon as early as this...
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