The opportunity to sit down with your senator, to walk the halls of power from City Hall to the Capitol, even just to tell a congressional intern what you care about today – the privileges of democracy are thrilling, and they’re open to anyone.
When I first heard of Birthright I wanted to go. I had many friends and cousins who had gone, too, and were all so excited after the trip. So finally this winter I was able to go. I wanted to see my history and see where Judaism came from because it is me.
Each year, The Jewish Week publishes in print and online a special section profiling 36 up-and-coming Jewish New Yorkers.This special issue will be published in print on June 6 and online June 4, 2014.
We look for individuals who, to paraphrase the sage Hillel, are for themselves but not for themselves alone, who are high achievers in their respective fields and who have gone above and beyond to help others.
The story of Esther, who courageously foiled a plot to exterminate the Jews of ancient Persia (modern-day Iran), is the keystone of the Purim tradition and Iranian Jews have always strongly identified with that singular Jewish heroine. Even today, Iran’s remaining 25,000 Jews go to pray at the tomb of Esther and Mordechai ‒ yes, there is such a place ‒ and the Jewish queen is remembered on a daily basis through amulets seeking her protection and beautifully illustrated renderings of the megillah (scroll) telling her story. No surprise that modern Iranian Jews are occasionally referred to as Esther’s children.
The JCC in Manhattan presents the 6th Annual Reelabilites Film Festival, the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities.
The festival runs MARCH 6 - 11 in more than 30 locations through the city.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 14:43
The Sunni terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has found a way to create martyrs to its extremist cause that like-minded organizations should hasten to emulate.
The New York Times reports 22 would-be suicide bombers were killed in an ISIS training class near Baghdad today when their commander-instructor gave them a real-life demonstration of how an explosives-packed belt works.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:08
Donald Trump, truly a legend in his own mind, once again is offering to rescue western civilization, the country and the state of New York. He would "quickly" make the Empire state "one of the major energy capitals of the world" if he is crowned, er, make that elected governor. That's what the coiffed one said at a $100-a-plate Republican Party fundraiser in upstate New York and later television interviews.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 19:08
Fatah and Hamas keep talking about reconciliation but, despite having signed several agreements, have made little if any progress in more than half a dozen years of trying.
Palestinian reconciliation has broad support on the streets of the West Bank, which is ruled by the secular Fatah, and the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Hamas, a spinoff of the Muslim Brotherhood and considered a terrorist organization by the United States, Israel and many Western countries.
Fatah-Hamas reconciliation is the Catch 22 of Middle East peace making.
Command the Children of Israel and they shall take to you pure olive oil, beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn tamid, constantly. [Shemot 27:20]
The placement of these verses is curious, as the more appropriate place would have been in last week’s parsha, together with the making of the menorah. The verse also stresses not just the lighting of the menorah, but the donating of the oil for that sake. In this way, it echoes last week’s parasha that opens with a command to donate various items to the making of the Tabernacle.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 16:44
With Chris Christie's presidential prospects sinking faster than a jumper off the George Washington Bridge and Mitt Romney rebuffing suggestions he make a third run for the White House, many Republicans are looking to other past and present governors for 2016.
The GOP team has a strong statehouse bench, especially since it intends to make this year's congressional races and the presidential contest two years later a referendum on Barack Obama's eight years in the White House.
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