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Ki Tissa: Awareness Is Necessary, Not Sufficient

God’s initial revelation to the Israelites at Mount Sinai, when He uttered the Ten Commandments, was accompanied by lightning, thunder and shofar blasts that inspired the soul. The inspiration lasted just forty days.

Rabbi Michael Levy

Tracking Devices: Where On The Web

For the last few months, New York City was filled with posters of a missing teenage boy with autism, Avonte Oquendo. This story affected everyone regardless of race, religion, gender or socio-economic status. A child was missing: A child with severe autism, who was non-verbal. Families of a child with special needs or anyone who works with children with special needs was affected even more.

Frances Victory

Lobbying During Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month And Beyond

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.

Come on in: It's fun to walk the halls of power. Via wikipedia.org

After Birthright, Israel Is My Second Home

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.

Lindsey Cohen, floating happily on the Dead Sea. Courtesy Jewish Child Care Association

Seeking Nominations For The JW's 36 Under 36

Deadline: February 28, 2014-- HURRY!

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.

Help us find this year's 36 Under 36!

On View: The Story of Esther’s Children

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. 

Painted Doors; Iran, 19th century; wood, pigment. Collection of Miriam Kove, New York. Photo courtesy Beit Hatfutsot – The M

ReelAbilities Film Fest: Watch Trailer, Tix Available

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.

Oooops, There Goes Another Terrorist Or 22

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. 

Here Comes Mighty Mouth To Save The Day

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.

Catch 22, Palestinian Style

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. 

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