Are Islamic Terrorists Crazy?

Understanding killers' rationale doesn’t make it sane, a psychiatrist writes.

12/15/2015 (All day)
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I know madness; I know it intimately.

As president of NYU-Bellevue Psychiatric Alumni, having served on Bellevue’s Teaching Faculty since 1978, I recognize crazy, even when it’s an ocean away.

Isaac Steven Herschkopf

Israeli Public Divided Over Trust For Arab Citizens

12/15/2015 - 16:20

With the current wave of terror in Israel, it is not surprising that the Israeli Democracy Index for 2015 revealed that Israelis ranked the tension between Jewish and Arab Israelis as the greatest tension in the state.

The Israeli Democracy Index 2015. Via en.idi.org.il

A Professor Of Ethics Writes To Mark Zuckerberg And Priscilla Chan

Please try to influence policy in a way that honors our political process.

12/10/2015 - 19:00
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Dear Dr. Chan and Mr. Zuckerberg,

I am so very touched by the way you chose to give to your child. You have shown her that it is far greater to live in an enriched world than it is to be the sole beneficiary of great wealth. I am impressed that you decided to give your wealth away while you live and that you have committed to long-term change on behalf of our children and grandchildren. I write to you today as a teacher. I run a course on the history and ethics of philanthropy at Columbia University and I want to share some of the insights that have emerged from our class. I do so to start a conversation that I hope you and others will weigh in on.

Tamara Mann Tweel

Lessons Learned From Orthodoxy’s Dramatic Growth

12/08/2015 - 19:00
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Since 1990, Orthodoxy in America has departed in dramatic fashion from patterns displayed by the other religious denominations. 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.

Steven M. Cohen

Needed: Discussion Rather Than Name-Calling On Women Rabbis

12/08/2015 - 19:00
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The Orthodox Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) adopted a member resolution last month opposing the ordination of women into the Orthodox rabbinate. It was not the organization’s first public statement on the matter, but it has been the most controversial by far.

Rabbi Heshie Billet

Chanukah Habits For All Eight Nights, And Beyond

12/07/2015 - 19:00

When Rabbi Meir Shapiro suggested the practice of the Daf Yomi, studying a page of Talmud daily, at an Agudah conference in 1923, he could never have imagined how many thousands of people take part in this seven and a half year project. Rabbi Shapiro believed it would unite Jews globally in a mission to strengthen and unify the Jewish community. A “Jew leaves the States and travels to Brazil or Japan, and he first goes to the beis medrash [study hall], where he finds everyone learning the same daf [page] that he himself learned that day. Could there be greater unity of hearts than this?”

Erica Brown

Aiding Immigrants: A Personal Experience

12/07/2015 - 19:00

On Thanksgiving I was reunited with a Vietnamese family with whom I had no contact for more than 30 years. It was a heartwarming reunion and a poignant reminder that aiding immigrants and refugees is not only a matter of advocating enlightened policy, but also should be seen as a personal responsibility – and wonderful opportunity.

Martin Raffel reunited with Vietnamese family on Thanksgiving.

A Civil Dialogue About Israel – Really

12/07/2015 - 19:00
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My brother, Robert K. Lifton, a former president of the American Jewish Congress, frequently writes op-ed pieces about events in Israel that are published in the Huffington Post, the Times of Israel and other media. His articles also go out to a large list of people that includes American Jewish leaders, international figures, former classmates, and friends and relatives. A few weeks ago he wrote a piece called “A New Approach for Israel: An Israel Peace Initiative.”

Francine Klagsbrun

Make The Fifth Night Of Chanukah About Giving Back

12/02/2015 - 19:00
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There are many reasons Chanukah has become the most celebrated Jewish holiday in America. It’s fun; it’s family; it happens in the home or at shopping malls; no membership required; and (sorry, rabbis) no rabbis necessary.

Revelers at a Fifth Night event enjoy the feeling of giving. Courtesy of Big Tent Judaism

Zachor Pearl Harbor

12/02/2015 - 19:00

The first commandment for any survivor, and their survivors, is: “Zachor, Gedenk, Remember!”

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