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A Jewish call for justice for prisoners in solitary

(Matt York/AP) For many of us in the Jewish community, the long-awaited breaking of the Yom Kippur fast signals the … Continued

‘How can a Muslim write about Jesus?’ The controversy over Reza Aslan’s ‘Zealot’

“You’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?” is the beginning question in … Continued

The new American Jewish secularism

Halloween was originally a Christian holiday, All Hallows’ Eve. Purim, the raucous Jewish feast that we celebrate this week [Feb. … Continued

The Jewish future seen through the eyes of an American statesman

AP American lawyer and IPRC (Immovable Property Review Conference) co-chairman Stuart E. Eizenstat talks to journalists in Prague, on Nov. … Continued

A day devoted to gratitude

REUTERS The skyline of Manhattan is seen at twilight in New York, March 19, 2011. Under the green aerial are … Continued

Jewish activist: ‘Hate speech must not be accepted as civil discourse’

Astrid Riecken FOR THE WASHINGTON POST Controversial posters on the Israel Palestinian conflict are placed at U Street Metro stop … Continued

Why civil discourse is imperative for inter-Jewish dialogue

Courtesy of the Samuel Bronfman Foundation Edgar Bronfman with Bronfman Youth Fellowships students. The increasingly partisan tone of the upcoming … Continued

Shining a light in Odessa

As a child, one of my favorite pleasures each week was going to synagogue with my parents. At the end … Continued

Never forgot: Lessons from Judaism on how to cope with Alzheimers

Courtesy Trish and George Vradenburg Trish and George Vradenburg at the National Alzheimer’s Gala. Twenty years ago, we lost Trish’s … Continued

David Wolpe: Circumcision is ‘far from disfigurement’

AP A bris in San Francisco is celebrated by family members in May 2011. In the wake of the ruling … Continued

Create a holy Hanukkah

My first Hanukkah memory has nothing to do with the story of the Macabees overthrowing the Greeks to protect the … Continued

Controversial Israeli ad campaign: An age-old tale

Sometimes following in the footsteps, real or imagined, of a nation’s founding father can be a very poor idea. Events … Continued

A Future Worthy of Our Past: The Jewish Quest for Justice

By Mitchell SilverU Mass–Boston, and Contributor to The days of prophecy are over; neither I nor anybody else knows … Continued

Repairing the world

Nothing is more exciting for me than seeing religious communities practice the command from their tradition to serve others. I … Continued

A modest peace plan that is working

By Imam Abdullah Antepli and Rabbi Michael Goldman Duke University chaplains Jews: want to fight anti-Semitism? Muslims: want to challenge … Continued

Israelis and Palestinians both created by God

Q: In a statement Monday, Vice President Biden said the U.S. is consulting with other nations “on new ways to … Continued

It’s Trayf!

“Trayf: pronounced TRAYF, to rhyme with ‘safe.’ From the Hebrew teref: ‘torn to pieces.’” –Leo Rosten, The Joys of Yiddish … Continued


“You shall be holy for I the Lord, your God, am holy.” –Leviticus 19:2 Holiness is easily commanded in this … Continued

Social justice rooted in the Bible

Q:Fox News commentator Glenn Beck claims that faith-based calls for “social justice” are really ideological calls for “forced redistribution of … Continued

Should Jews proselytize? Should anyone?

Proselytizing, seeking converts, sharing the “good news”, or evangelizing. While different communities favor different terms, it’s all pretty much the … Continued