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Posted: Mon, 06/06/2016 - 10:47 | Well Versed

A birthday card made in the Third Reich’s most notorious concentration camp? Seems impossible, doesn’t it?

Posted: Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:06 | Political Insider

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blew it. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu handed him a major political victory on a platter and Abbas dropped it.

In his zeal to block a French-led effort to convene an international Middle East peace conference, Netanyahu told his French counterpart that such a meeting would be useless, but he's ready to "fly to Paris tomorrow" for one-on-one negotiations with the Palestinian leader.

Posted: Thu, 06/02/2016 - 06:51 | The New Normal

If you are the parent of a Jewish child with disabilities, you have already learned that public schools “magically” welcome, include and teach children with disabilities very well. Indeed, where I live around the nation’s capital in Maryland, there are some of the best public school programs for children with disabilities in the country. Moreover, they are doing it with expert skills for tens of thousands of children at no cost (other than taxes) to families.

Posted: Sun, 05/29/2016 - 18:48 | The New Normal

When a child has a medical problem, when a child is in the hospital, we get it.  As family, friends, and neighbors, we understand the emotional and physical strain on the child and his or her family.

Whether we call, send texts, arrange for meals, run errands, drive carpools, or simply check in to offer support, we know we need to do something. We often feel awkward or guilty if we don’t at least offer to help.

Posted: Fri, 05/27/2016 - 06:47 | The New Normal

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Rabbi Heschel’s famous saying that when he was younger, he admired people who were clever, but as he grew older, he admired people who were kind.  There is genius in that, in recognizing that kindness is key, to everything.  And most especially when there’s a disabled child in the mix. 

Posted: Thu, 05/26/2016 - 17:35 | Political Insider

Sen. Oren Hatch wrote in an article in a newspaper in his home state of Utah that he left a meeting with Judge Merrick Garland convinced that nothing happened in the session to change his opposition to President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

There was just one problem with that conclusion. The 82-year-old senior Senate Republican had not yet even met with the Jewish nominee to the high court. 

After 40 years in the Senate Hatch is starting to remember things that happened tomorrow.   Maybe he's been there too long.