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No Flight From Right

Not an avid movie-goer, I saw a very good movie the other day – “Flight,” starring Denzel Washington.

Denzel Washington: His current role teaches an important lesson

The Long Kaddish

I did something unusual last Shabbat at the conclusion of davening. I sat down.

Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Carpool Candidate

Rabbi Jonah Pesner, the founder of the Reform movement’s congregational community organizing arm, has decided not to run for Senate in Massachusetts – and it’s tearing him up.

Rabbi Jonah Pesner

Remembering A Journalistic Giant

I have a standard regimen every time I prepare to travel to Israel, about every year and a half. Buy some shekels. Arrange my interviews. Make sure my passport hasn’t expired.

And one non-standard step: I pull out a three-decades-old, tearing-at-the-edges, 20-page reprint of a series of stories written for the Philadelphia Inquirer in the wake of the start of the Camp David Middle East peace process.

Richard Ben Cramer: Rochester native wrote on world stage

Shmuley He Ain’t? Reform Rabbi Ponders Run For Senate In MA

Another rabbi might follow Shmuley Boteach into politics, but at least on the surface, they’re very different.

Rabbi Jonah Pesner

Media Trumpet Israeli Musician's Quick Thinking

Nadav Nirenberg, a Sabra who lives in Brooklyn, works as a musician – but he offered a lesson the other day of which biblical scholars would approve.

Nadav Nirenberg: Has his old iPhone back

The Diaspora's Frustration With Israel: A Good Thing

American Jews absolutely love to speak and behave as though what we think should have immediate practical and political bearing in Israel.

Women of the Wall, which agitates for prayer rights at the Kotel, has much American support. Photo courtesy Women of the Wall

Lives Cut Short

A friend called, upset, the other day.

She had heard a sad story on the news – Dylan Smith, a hero of the recent Hurricane Sandy, had died in Puerto Rico.

Dylan Smith: A hero of Superstorm Sandy, a victim of a surfing accident

Let's Disagree, But Not Dismiss

The end of 2012 saw an increase in arrests of women at the Western Wall who demand the right to pray there in groups, out loud and wearing prayer shawls and tefilin.

Visitors to the Western Wall leave written prayers as well. Getty Images

Remembering Unsung Heroes Of The Holocaust

Associated Press reported recently on some excavations in Warsaw that have received little interest outside of Poland, especially in the Jewish community.

The work at the Powazki Military Cemetery should be of interest to Jews – the forensic scientists are looking for the remains, in a mass grave that contains entangled skeletons of resistance fighters, of one particular hero. Capt. Witold Pilecki, a non-Jewish Pole, volunteered to be captured and interned in Auschwitz in order to bring the Nazi death camp’s atrocities to the attention of the world.

Witold Pilecki: His burial place isn't known, his heroism is.
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