Tuesday, May 31, 2016 Iyyar 23, 5776

By:
Hanna Liebman Dershowitz
Even today, the echoes of Esther’s story are powerful and enduring, but she might be surprised to learn how the concept of religious freedom is being used now — not to protect minority religious practice or combat religious intolerance, but to give special exceptions from laws designed to prevent intolerance or provide needed services to all people.
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The problem of agunot is an issue that concerns the whole Jewish community, because there is an injustice in denying a person her autonomy and preventing her from rebuilding her life.
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Readers discuss Israel, bagels and refugees.
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By:
Jason Storch
"Although I have had many good experiences at Vassar and have made many friends, it can be uncomfortable to be Jewish here, especially if one supports Israel."
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By:
Jay Ruderman
Many people don’t realize that disability rights have rarely been mentioned by name in national campaigns.
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