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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,...

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...
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Opinion | ‘Nazi’ Reference Serves as Teaching Moment

By State Rep. Jared Solomon On April 21, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed HR 849 to designate it as “Holocaust Remembrance Day” in...
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Opinion | Telling the Coronavirus Story

By Anndee Hochman Recently, a friend shared a joke. Question: What’s the difference between COVID-19 and “Romeo and Juliet”? Answer: One is coronavirus; the other...
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Opinion | Jewish Humor Will Get Us Through This Pandemic With Our Collective...

By Jon Savitt Humor is as Jewish as challah. It also just so happens that we need both to survive — and producing the most...
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Opinion | Happy Zoom Day to You

By Carin M. Smilk The last time I saw Ellen was two months ago in New York, where she lives; we were having dinner on...
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Opinion | Should You Put Your Life at Risk to Help Others?

By Ira Bedzow For a short period of time, New York state officials enacted controversial guidelines that again tested the inherent tension that the COVID-19...