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08/14/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The newswire is abuzz with the recent class-action lawsuit filed against Hebrew National by a group of plaintiffs alleging that Hebrew National’s hotdogs and other meats failed to live up to their lofty billing.

08/09/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Although I truly believe President Barack Obama has had good intentions in his policies toward Israel, and has accomplished much in the region, there are several key respects where he could have been — and still can be — a greater friend to Israel.

08/09/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

It is a sunny Shabbat afternoon in early August at Camp Ramah in California. The oldest Machon campers have finished lunch, enjoyed some free time, and have reconvened on the hill under a large tree for their Shabbat afternoon learning session. I am honored to be this week’s guest teacher, and I take the opportunity to talk to 75 fifteen-year-olds about an incident that put Ramah in the national news over the last two weeks.

08/07/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The London Olympics began with great hoopla two weeks ago. The spectacular opening had the Queen escorted by James Bond, wildly dancing nurses and flying Mary Poppins figures. It had Paul McCartney and J.K. Rowling, a Scottish village, a Shakespearean reading, and an Olympic torch that had traveled 8,000 miles in a boat. It had everything, except the one thing it should have had — a minute of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the German Olympics 40 years ago.

08/07/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Christiane Montouri, writing on the Cambridge Leadership Associate’s blog, makes an analogy between species adaptation and organizational change.

She writes: “When a species adapts, it gives up a small portion of its DNA, usually only about 5 percent. However, giving up the DNA that is hindering adaptation and survival not only gets rid of what is getting in the way, but also makes room for new DNA that can survive in the changing reality.”

08/02/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

As Jews, we don’t have many light-hearted holidays, but this week we’ll celebrate one of them, Tu B’Av. Casually known as the Jewish Valentine’s day, Tu B’Av is the counterbalance to the most difficult of all our holidays, Tisha B’Av.  While we fast and remember all of our hardships and trials during Tisha B’Av, this week we will engage in mirth, and celebrate love and joy.  Many will wed, and according to Jewish lore many will meet their matches on Tu B’Av.