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11/30/2015 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Several years ago Beit Hatfutsot (Israel’s Diaspora Museum) began planning its renewal under the leadership of board chair Irina Nevzlin. From the outset it was clear that in redesigning the museum there were many items that would stay because they occupy a special place in our visitors’ hearts. If you have visited, you probably remember the lovely models of old synagogues from around the world, or perhaps a diorama of Lublin or Salonika. Those, it was clear, would remain.

11/30/2015 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Do you find yourself longing for greater peace, and a bit more light, in what often feels like an increasingly dark and confusing time? Given the events of the passing weeks and months, that’s not surprising. In fact, how could it be otherwise? That is why the holiday of Chanukah has never been more important than it is this year.

11/29/2015 - 19:00 | | Opinion

"It could have been me."

11/29/2015 - 19:00 | | Opinion

I know madness; I know it intimately.

11/29/2015 - 19:00 | | Opinion

Since 1990, Orthodoxy in America has departed in dramatic fashion from patterns displayed by the other religious denominations and in fact, since 1990, the number of Orthodox Jewish congregants in the U.S. has at least doubled, the Jewish engagement indicators have moved higher, and their average age has declined.

11/28/2015 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

"It could have been me."

That is how a number of us have responded to the murder of 18-year-old Ezra Schwartz by Palestinian terrorists.  Like many Jewish day school graduates, Ezra was experiencing his "year in Israel" rite of passage before matriculating to college. The tragedy hit home; we felt directly the pain, fear and anxiety tormenting the State of Israel and its citizens.