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Posted: Mon, 09/19/2016 - 11:17 | Well Versed

It’s a myth that won’t go away that Rembrandt was Jewish. (His mother was Catholic; his father Protestant.)   But is there a Christian artist whose renderings of Biblical scenes speak more deeply to the Jewish soul?

Posted: Fri, 09/16/2016 - 12:28 | Political Insider

Remember when CNN used to be a real news channel?  No more.  Not since it hired Corey Lewandowski and other campaign flacks to be paid "analysts." 

Donald Trump reportedly told his campaign manager "You're  fired" and made him an offer he couldn't refuse.  Just sign a nondisclosure agreement, don't discuss anything about the campaign or the candidate and in return you'll get a generous but unspecified severance. And, it turned out, more.

Posted: Thu, 09/15/2016 - 19:58 | The New Normal

Since March of 2015, six New York area synagogues have been focused on tangibly weaving the inclusion of people with disabilities in the fabric of their communities. UJA-Federation of New York, with funding from the Leo Oppenheimer & Flora Oppenheimer Haas Foundation, piloted The Synagogue Inclusion Project, a groundbreaking 18-month pilot program to create a replicable, sustainable approach to integrating members of our community with disabilities. The pilot synagogue cohort included synagogues large and small, Conservative and Reform, urban and suburban. What bound them together was a stated desire to be inclusive of people with disabilities, but an underlying doubt that they were having the desired impact.

Posted: Thu, 09/15/2016 - 17:54 | Political Insider

Donald Trump is going to make America Christian and to do that he wants to tear down one of this pillars that has made this nation the Golden Medina for Jews from all over the world.

"The Christians are being treated horribly because we have nobody to represent the Christians," he told an evangelical gathering last week in Washington.  "I will be the greatest representative of the Christians."

Posted: Wed, 09/14/2016 - 10:31 | Well Versed

In between songs about love, the passage of time, more love, marriage and dreams, Beth Selter narrates the story of her own life in her cabaret performance, “The Chance to Sing,” at the Metropolitan Room on Sunday, September 18th. She’ll sing Sondheim, the Beatles, the Gershwins, telling of her Long Island childhood, her steadfast modern orthodoxy, her family and her passionate desire to sing. 

Posted: Wed, 09/14/2016 - 09:21 | The New Normal

I have feared the day the school bus stops coming for my son Noah for so long that I’m not sure I recall a time when that fear didn’t dog me. In fact, it feels as if I’ve held onto that fear as long as I’ve held onto him. The day is now officially a year away, since Noah started his last year of high school September 1, 2016. 

I recall vividly, with each of my kids, the promise embedded in each first day of school. I picked out their clothes, put little backpacks with some favorite character emblazoned on it over their shoulders, and walked with them to pre-school. Then I brought them to the bus stop for their first day of kindergarten. Everything felt so full of hope. One son graduated from college a year ago. My daughter just started her junior year of high school. Noah will finish his sixth year of high school this year and then go off a cliff.