Op-Ed

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Opinion | A Single Moment of Compassion Changed Lives

By Jonathan Hertzel In 2015, sculptor Jonathan Hertzel, a Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts graduate whose work is in PAFA’s permanent collection, moved with...
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Opinion | How Harry Potter Can Revolutionize Engagement in Jewish Learning

By Rabbi Isabel de Koninck For many students I meet on campus today, Torah feels distant from their lived experience. Its structure resembles nothing of...
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Opinion | As a Jew With Autism, the Mikvah Is My Glimmer of Hope

By Michele Amira. This story originally appeared on Alma. I first realized I was different in middle school. I loved my curly hair, but never...
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Opinion | A Call for Ecological Teshuvah

By Mikhal Weiner On Aug. 28, Greta Thunberg, the teen Swedish climate activist, climbed off her zero-emissions boat with a glint in her eye. She...
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Opinion | Domestic Violence Awareness Month: You Are Not Alone

By Robin Axelrod Sabag and Shana P. Weiner As Sarah* sits in her office, she tries to appreciate the sense of calm and complacency she’s...
Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump sitting in front of Israeli and American flags

Opinion | Trump and Israel: Lasting Love, Not a Broken ‘Bromance’

By Ruthie Blum / JNS Approached by reporters on the tarmac of a California airport as the tally from the Sept. 17 Knesset elections was...
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Opinion | In Philly and Beyond, Speak Out Against Anti-Semitism

By Naomi Adler On Sunday, Sept. 29, Jews across the world gathered to celebrate a new year, and begin our High Holiday reflections on the...
street view of Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Opinion | A Pennsylvania Town As Victim

By Rabbi Sam Yolen Last week, Pennsylvania state Sen. Mike Folmer, a Republican lawmaker representing Lebanon County and parts of York and Dauphin counties, resigned...
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Opinion | The Shofar’s Wail: Rosh Hashanah After Tree of Life

By Beth Kissileff Our sages teach us that “kol hatchalot kashot,” all beginnings are difficult. This phrase feels especially resonant this Rosh Hashanah. The man who blew...
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Opinion | Reflecting on Team Israel Ahead of Rosh Hashanah

By Rabbi Jason Bonder I have been telling anyone who will listen about the wild success of Israel’s national baseball team, which just earned its...