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Opinion | Yiddish Is Alive and Thriving at Yiddish School

By Marcia Bronstein I spent an amazing week at Yiddish School at the Yiddish Book Center (YBC) last year, along with 41 fellow students from...
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Editorial | A New Focus for the Jewish Agency

What has been marketed as a “rebranding” of the 90-year-old Jewish Agency for Israel is more than the cosmetic change that word suggests. At...
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Opinion | Is Cheshvan Ordinary or Extraordinary?

By Rabbi Shmuel Goldin The transition could not be more abrupt. Behind us is the month of Tishrei — the busiest, most eventful, ritually richest month...
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Letters | Bibi and the Pittsburgh Special Issue

Bibi’s Achievements Regarding “Netanyahu Announces He Is Unable to Form a Government” (jewishexponent.com): Bibi made many positive achievements during his tenure. He’s at least partially...
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Opinion | My Yom Kippur in Prison

By Aaron Bernstein Bernie Madoff is certainly the most infamous of the residents at North Carolina’s Butner Federal Correctional Facility, but, scanning the congregation at...
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Opinion | Journeying Into Civil Rights History

By Adam Garber I’m walking through a forest of metal pillars in Alabama with Jews from across the country. The spiral of 6-foot rusted monuments...
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Opinion | Moving Forward After Losses in Pittsburgh

By Rabbi Jonathan Perlman I have been the rabbi of the New Light Congregation in Pittsburgh for nine years. This year, at Kol Nidre services...
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Opinion | Building Bridges: The Israeli American Community in Philadelphia

By Yoni Ari Like many Israeli Americans, my family grew up in Israel, but three years ago we moved to the United States due to...
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Letters | Op-Eds, Cantors and Ads

Rabbi’s Opinion Piece Too Promotional I am not a member of Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu-El, but I have attended services there many times and find...
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Opinion | #ShowUpForShabbat: Gather, Remember and Act

By Marcia Bronstein The massacre at the Tree of Life building last year left American Jews feeling raw and vulnerable. That it happened in our...