Calendar Mash-up Is Spur To Gratitude

11/18/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

What do you get when you cross Chanukah with Thanksgiving?  Sounds like the beginning of a Borscht Belt joke, I know, but it’s not only happening this year, the convergence of Chanukah and Thanksgiving is actually a once-in-a-lifetime event, which, if celebrated well, is also an event that can change your life forever. 

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield

Negotiation With Iran Leads To Threat of War

Bibi: 'If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone.'
11/14/2013 - 19:00

Recent reports of the status of negotiations with Iran to resolve the risk of Iran's threat to become a nuclear power have alarming implications.  The U.S. is apparently supporting a deal where existing sanctions on Iran will be relaxed against an Iranian pledge to freeze its progress towards achieving nuclear weapon capability.

"I Am Not Orthodox"

Our definitions should be based on the highest common denominator: the Jewish soul.

11/13/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I am not Orthodox.

There. I said it.

Rabbi Mendel Teldon

Working Together to Expand Support for Israel on Campus

11/12/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week


The Jewish community is rightly concerned with a campus environment that is too often hostile to Israel. Public demonstrations, inflammatory language and personal attacks by anti-Israel organizations seek to exploit the spirit of open debate and public action central to American academic life.

Pew Has The Score: Red Sox Pitcher Is No Koufax

11/11/2013 - 19:00
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I am anything but objective when it comes to Red Sox baseball. A long-suffering fan since the days of Ted Williams, I rejoiced in the 2004 miracle comeback, the 2007 Series sweep, and, now, the thrilling 2013 turnaround.

Steven Bayme

Needed: Conversations On Choosing Life

11/11/2013 - 19:00
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Truly caring for a person at the end of life requires conversations — about love and legacy, about bestowing and receiving blessings, about choosing life versus fighting death.

Rabbi Irwin Kula

YCT And The Cherem Game

11/11/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I wasn't raised in an observant home, I never attended a Jewish day school and no one else in my family has ever been observant. Despite that, I found myself drawn, starting at age ten, to Orthodox Judaism. Over the course of my journey, I have experienced the many gifts of the diverse faces of the Jewish People, all of which have impacted significantly upon me, from Chabad to Renewal, from Reform to Yeshivish, from Modern Orthodox to Post-denominational.

A Milestone: Women Advisors In Jewish Law

11/06/2013 - 19:00
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American Jewry recently experienced a historic moment, as on October 27, the first five U.S.-educated Yoatzot Halacha (Women Advisors in Jewish Law) celebrated their graduation and certification. This brings to 85 the number of Yoatzot Halacha, experts in the laws of marital intimacy and related issues of women's health, that Nishmat has graduated since my husband, Rabbi Yehuda Henkin, and I established the program in Israel in 1997. Nishmat remains the only source for Yoatzot Halacha, worldwide.

Pope Francis’ Message To A Son Of Holocaust Survivors

11/05/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Pope Francis is an extraordinary man.

In the few months since Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires became the head of the Roman Catholic Church he has changed the atmospherics of the Vatican more profoundly — and most observers would emphatically say for the better — than anyone since Pope John XXIII more than 50 years ago.

Menachem Z. Rosensaft

In Berlin, 75 Years After Kristallnacht

11/04/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

For much of my life, the notion that I, an American Jewish rabbi, would address a primarily German Christian audience in a Berlin church on Kristallnacht was inconceivable. Most American Jews of my generation were raised with antipathy toward all things German. After all, Germany and Germans perpetrated the destruction of much of European Jewish civilization and the extermination of six million Jews, one-third of world Jewry.

Rabbi Noam E. Marans
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