Opinion

Editorials from the Jewish Exponent, columns, blogs and a forum for kvetching n’ kvelling.

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Opinion | When the Pandemic Hit While Teaching Abroad, I Stayed in Israel

By Ziva Shapiro I did not expect my yearlong teaching fellowship in Israel to coincide with a once-in-a-century global pandemic. But when the choice to...
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Opinion | Zoom Judaism Can’t Replace Building a Stronger Jewish Home

By Avigayil Halpern Adapting Jewish rituals to fit our tech-dependent, socially distanced times has been a daunting task. These moves, from Zoom Sedarim to online...
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Opinion | Maintaining Holocaust Education in the Era of COVID-19

By Arlene B. Holtz Holocaust education in public schools can have a precarious life in the best of times because the high school study of...
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Letters | NMAJH and Holocaust Education

Remembering the Dead Over the course of months, we’ve heard 50,000 dead, 75,000 dead, 95,000 dead, and it is easy to become numb and indifferent...
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Opinion | Gavri’s Bar Mitzvah in the Time of COVID-19

By Saul AxelRod The COVID-19 virus has resulted in mortal hardships for countless people throughout the world. Not tragic, but also difficult, has been the...
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Opinion | We Have an Anti-Semitism Problem. We Need to Act Before it Gets...

By Jeremy Bannett and Shira Goodman Just two weeks ago, we marked the 75th anniversary of Germany’s surrender in World War II. Since then,...
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Letters | Readers Respond to Rep. Dush’s Remark

Rep. Dush, Jewish Community: Poor Judgment All Around Rep. Cris Dush’s ill-advised remark to the House State Government Committee “claiming that Gov. Tom Wolf’s lack...

Opinion | Jerry Stiller was a Mensch

By Curt Schleier / JTA The first thing Jerry Stiller said to me when we met was a compliment. Several weeks earlier, I had interviewed him over...
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Opinion | A ‘Lesson’ in Grace for Parents, Educators

By Elizabeth Soslau An educator asks: Where is the grace? “Stop the insanity!” shrieks the voice inside my head. The sound is painful, constant and deafening. I...
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Opinion | Guarding and Growing Trust in the Time of Coronavirus

By Cyd B. Weissman Please join me in a Jewish communal shout-out to Ron Wolfson. Together: “You were right, and the coronavirus pandemic has proven it.” Normally...