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Posted: Thu, 10/06/2016 - 15:19 | Well Versed

Most people know Bill Graham as the music promoter who made the Grateful Dead famous, but few are aware that he came to America in 1941 as an orphan, escaping from Nazi Germany to France, eventually making his way to New York.

Posted: Thu, 10/06/2016 - 13:18 | The New Normal

There is so much at stake for our country on November 8th—and for me, as a mom of a thirteen-year-old son with severe autism and intellectual disabilities, I will enter the voting booth knowing that the outcome of this election affects the policy that will be in place when my son transitions from the protection of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that will last through age 21 to the time when he becomes an adult in need of housing, job coaching and ongoing therapy supports that are not mandated by a national law. In Pennsylvania, where we live, there is currently a waiting list of over 13,000 people with intellectual disabilities in our state who need supports. While we push our son to learn as many life skills as possible, it is also clear that he will need supports for his entire life. While my husband and I are pro-active about planning for our son’s future, we are also keenly aware that we need public policy that honors the dignity of and provides supports for people with disabilities in order for our son to have the meaningful life that we dream of for him.

Posted: Wed, 10/05/2016 - 12:55 | Well Versed

For those with the sad duty of reciting Yizkor, a new book of essays by Rabbi Norman Lamm is a fitting synagogue companion.

Posted: Mon, 10/03/2016 - 11:23 | Political Insider

The SS New York arrived at Ellis Island 110 years ago this month from Southampton, England.  One of the first to disembark was a 22-year-old Romanian-born tailor from Cardiff, Wales, named Samuel Bloomfield. 

Posted: Fri, 09/30/2016 - 11:29 | The New Normal

During the High Holiday Season (October 2-12,) we picture God as weighing the merits and misdeeds of individuals and nations on a Celestial Scale. For more than two thousand years, we have implored our Creator for mercy, even if the scale tips towards the “guilty” verdict. 

Since my 1976 visit to the banks of the Mississippi, another image appears during this season: a boat sailing upstream through river locks.

Posted: Fri, 09/30/2016 - 10:01 | Political Insider

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas quickly rejected Benjamin Netanyahu's invitation to address Knesset to share his vision of peace with the Israeli people.

His spokesman said it was just another "gimmick" and a bluff.

If Abbas really feels the Israeli prime minister is bluffing, he should call him on it. As one American politician likes to say, what have you got to lose?