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A Time To Say Goodbye

03/11/2014
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“I am so sad,” my son Joel, who is 9, sighs, his restless energy making us all more miserable. All of us wished this day wouldn’t come, this day that marks the last stages of goodbye, not for a person but for a place. And although I’ve known the sadness of funerals before, and I realize the grief shouldn’t be compared, I’m doing it anyway. My in-laws have sold their beach house, the center for family gatherings for 15 years, and bought a smaller house nearby. It is a pretty home near town. Still, our hearts ache with the loss.

Elicia Brown

Doing It The AIPAC Way

03/10/2014
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There is nothing quite like an AIPAC Policy Conference.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens, New York.

Mobile Cancer Detection

How can you use mobile technology to combat cancer? Video blogger Aaron Herman spoke with Ariel Beery, Co-founder and CEO of MobileOCT an Israeli start up changing the way individuals detect cervical cancer.

Tim Boxer At Ariel Sharon Memorial

03/06/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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“My father died three times,” said Gilad Sharon. He recited the Kaddish as 350 invited guests stood solemnly at an evening of remembrance for Ariel Sharon, Israel’s 11th prime minister, on Feb. 26 at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Marion and Elie Wiesel, seated, with Ira and Ingeborg Rennert, standing. Tim Boxer

A River (Of Ethics) Runs Through It

03/04/2014
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The Graduate School of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America announced last week that is establishing a new academic program — a master’s degree in Jewish ethics. The program, to be headed by Alan Mittleman, a professor of Jewish philosophy at the school, will focus on such area as bioethics, business ethics and legal ethics. The Jewish Week interviewed Mittleman by e-mail. This is an edited version of the transcript.

JTS’ Alan Mittleman: “Many of the laws of the Torah have an overt ethical dimension.”

Sandstorms Hit Israel

03/04/2014
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A severe sandstorm struck Israel this week for the second time in two years, disrupting air travel, increasing air pollution and forcing persons with respiratory problems to remain indoors.

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Keeping The Jewish Past Alive

03/04/2014
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The night clerk at my hotel in Lisbon’s port district was complaining. Too many immigrants, he groused. Brazilians, Cape Verdeans, Angolans — the breadth of Portugal’s erstwhile empire is visible on every street in downtown Lisbon. The clerk darkly suggested a link to increased prostitution.

A fountain in the old Jewish quarter. TRAM CREDIT: Alvegaspar / FOUNTAIN: Jose Manuel

Combatting BDS On Campus

How do you combat BDS on college campuses? Video blogger Aaron Herman spoke with David Berman, assistant director, Hillel at Binghamton about the recent mock eviction notices placed on Jewish students' doors and how Hillel is training students to combat BDS.

"From SodaStream to Rawabi: What Peace Might Look Like"

02/27/2014
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Just about a year ago, I had the opportunity to visit the SodaStream factory in Israel.  Actually, how do define exactly where the factory is located has led to one of the more explosive and high profile manifestations of the so-called BDS (boycott-civestment-sanction) dispute.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens, New York.
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