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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

05/10/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

As I pushed through the jampacked Kotel on Rosh Hodesh Sivan, thousands of religious girls pointed at my kippa and screamed in my face. Not only did they stick out their tongues, but they made the shape of a gun with their hands and rotated between pointing it at their heads and pointing it at mine. Scanning through the faces of the young girls, I wondered if in a different setting, we could’ve been braiding challah or lighting Shabbat candles together as friends. Some of their eyes leaked with hatrid and disgust, while some overflowed with intrigue, curiosity, and at times boredom. A large portion of the girls seemed to be mulling about, happy to be spending time with friends, and waiting for us to leave.

05/07/2013 | | Opinion

When I was in seventh grade I ran for president of our community-wide youth investment club.  Investment clubs were common in the 1950s and `60s in the adult world, and parents encouraged their kids to learn the value of financial investing early.  What I learned from my experience in the club changed me, but not the way my folks intended.

05/07/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

On a recent Friday night I went to a wonderfully inspiring religious service on a recent Friday night at Romemu on the Upper West Side.

05/07/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Here it is, almost Shavuot, with its dairy meals, and I am still fretting about my Passover brisket fiasco.

05/07/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

We landed on the eve of Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day. Two hundred New Yorkers on the UJA-Federation William Rosenwald Mission, a third of us never having been to Israel before.

04/30/2013 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

This past Monday at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center in Manhattan, I along with a thousand other patrons attended an extraordinary concert "Defiant Requiem: Verdi At Terezin.”