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Posted: Thu, 10/20/2016 - 12:11 | Well Versed

Harriet Finck looks at Kohelet anew in a series of paintings inspired by the enigmatic biblical words that wrestle with the meaning of life.

Posted: Thu, 10/20/2016 - 10:37 | Political Insider

Israel was not mentioned once in the third and final presidential debate Wednesday night in Las Vegas, but it was not forgotten.

Posted: Thu, 10/20/2016 - 07:04 | The New Normal

If you’re a theater lover like me, it’s likely you remember the first play or musical you ever saw.

Mine was a community theater production of “The Princess and the Pea” that my grandmother took my sister and me to see (I was 4 and she was 6). I still can recall holding my grandmother’s hand when the theater lights went down and the magic of watching the actors bring the story to life. The Princess was funny! My grandmother was proud of how my sister and I sat still and watched. She, as well as my parents, took us to see live theater throughout  our childhood.

Posted: Wed, 10/19/2016 - 16:13 | Political Insider

Donald Trump claims to support Israel, and his claim has won the endorsement of many in the Orthodox community and among hardliners and Hillary-haters, but most Jews – here and in Israel – are not buying it.

Posted: Tue, 10/18/2016 - 20:48 | The New Normal

Editor's Note: Thanks to Jewish Learning Venture for sharing this important blog post.
 

I’m watching my 14-year-old son with autism get on the van that takes him to a special school, a place where they have known him for 8 years. A place where they have watched him grow from a behaviorally challenged first grader to a budding high schooler eager to participate in the life of the community. I’m thinking about the value of being known, of being seen for your strengths and weaknesses. Especially when it comes to education, how important it is that they know how to help my son learn.

If you have ever entertained the thought of sending your child to religious school without letting the principal or teacher know that there are learning issues, let me ask you to think twice about that before doing it. And maybe a third time.

Posted: Tue, 10/11/2016 - 11:00 | Well Versed

After experiencing the graphic work of Roz Chast in the pages of The New Yorker and in her award-inning visual memoir -- “Can’t We Talk About Something Else?” -- fans will take much pleasure in seeing her work on a larger scale.