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11/03/2016 - 12:07 | | Opinion

(JTA) — For years, I've told anyone who would listen that the Cubs were the team of the Jews. I've written two blog posts about it during the past month alone. (See for the blog posts.)

Long suffering. Faithful. Bound to tradition. Hoping for redemption, to no avail. It was all there.

Until now. For the first time since my great-grandfather's bar mitzvah, the Cubs are World Series champions.

11/01/2016 - 17:51 | | Opinion

At a summit meeting held last week at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, several hundred communal professionals, rabbis, scholars, philanthropists and young intermarried couples gathered to discuss engagement of interfaith families in Jewish life.

11/01/2016 - 15:33 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

We are worried that many of our young Jews are drifting away. They do not show up at our synagogues, nor do they seem Jewishly active or involved. We wring our hands in despair. To counteract this exit, I founded Ohel Ayalah in 2004. This project runs free, walk-in High Holiday services aimed at Jews in their 20s and 30s.

10/26/2016 - 15:14 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I was reminded the other day about my personal journey in Cairo and the relevance it carries to how Americans relate to one another (or not) in our current political climate. Indeed, my experience showed me a lot about learning to live with and understand people that you not only fundamentally disagree with on important issues, but who hold beliefs that are bigoted and even hate-filled.

10/26/2016 - 15:13 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Building a relationship takes time. There is no set amount of time it takes, it differs from person to person, personal to professional. But 12 years certainly seems like a fair amount of time to lay the groundwork for a relationship. Despite that, a number of Jewish day school students have not, in all that time, built a relationship with God. For the sake of this article, we are taking it as a given that families who send their children to Jewish day school for 12 years are interested in the development of this relationship.  Admittedly, building a relationship with God comes more easily for some than for others (see “The God Gene: How Faith is Hardwired into our Genes” by Dr. Dean Hammer).

10/26/2016 - 13:32 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Donald Trump has long insisted that he is not an anti-Semite; indeed, he regularly trots out his daughter as a convert to Judaism — to Orthodox Judaism, no less.