Op-Ed

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Opinion | Stop Saying Women Convert Just for Marriage

By Kylie Ora Lobell / JTA Whenever a celebrity decides to convert to Judaism, headlines like this abound: “Karlie Kloss confirms conversion to Judaism to marry...
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Opinion | Making Sense of Death

By Robin Goldwyn Blumenthal Birth is G-d saying you matter. I learned that from my first teacher of Torah, Rabbi Simon Jacobson, a scribe for the...
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Opinion | Anti-Semitism Doesn’t Discriminate: Why Should We?

By Joshua Runyan Almost two decades into the 21st century, few people — and they’re getting fewer with each passing day — deny that the...
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Opinion | In Light of Dorian, Lessons Learned From Disaster Relief

By Mandie Winston As I joined countless others watching the devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian on the Bahamas and parts of the southeastern United States,...
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Opinion | Dinner at the Park: From Strangers to Neighbors

By Harris Sokoloff Whether one praises or condemns the United States’ immigration policies, once immigrants arrive in our communities we need to attend to two...
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Opinion | Accidental Racism Exists in the Jewish World

By Aryeh Ho Earlier this year, my wife attended a program on Jewish education. The presenter made a seemingly harmless joke: “A couple stopped having...
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Opinion | What’s Missing From Israel’s Election Campaign?

By Jonathan Tobin Recent statements from President Donald Trump about American Jews “being disloyal” set off a firestorm of criticism from Jewish groups. It was...
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Opinion | Jews Have Become Detached From Labor’s Goals

By Michael Hersch A central theme of the story of the Jewish people is liberation from slavery — the experience of being held against one’s...
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Opinion | Remove Millennial Synagogue Participation Barriers

By Rabbi Shai Cherry In the Aug. 8 issue of the Exponent, op-ed writer Max Weisman wrote a piece called “Why Millennials are Opting Out...
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Opinion | Veganism Is a Core Jewish Value

By Juliet Stein As an Ashkenazi Jew, I grew up with an inherent nostalgia for an Eastern European diet. It was not that long ago...