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The Bar Mitzvah, re-examined

Last week on this site I penned an column about a Bar Mitzvah party video that had been circulating on … Continued

Sam Horowitz video: Bar Mitzvah battles go viral

<iframe width=”584″ height=”329″ src=”” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> How much is “too much”? What is the definition of appropriate celebration for a … Continued

Cape Verde’s Jewish history stays alive

Preservation of memory is critical to the Jewish psyche, and in Cape Verde there is an uplifting story of remembrance … Continued

Jewish embrace of LGBT people recognizes the dignity of all

Attitudes toward same sex marriage in Judaism have undergone a dramatic change in the last quarter century. The prohibition recorded … Continued

Unions as a means of protecting human dignity is echoed in Jewish law

GETTY IMAGES Union members hold a sit-in in the rotunda of the Michigan State Capitol to protest a vote on … Continued

Mishnah: ‘Public funds are collected by two and distributed by three’

Matt Rourke AP Joseph Malloy III, left, and John Dodds, right, with the Philadelphia Unemployment Project demonstrated as Sen. Bob … Continued

Raising the bar of LGBT inclusion within the Jewish world

Jewish tradition teaches that we have a duty to treat all people with dignity and respect (kavod habriyot), as though … Continued

During the Holocaust, a musical prayer of hope

Since early childhood, music has always been a kind of prayer for 108-year-old Alice Herz-Sommer, the pianist from Prague and … Continued

Universal health care: A Jewish moral imperative

This week’s Supreme Court hearings on the president’s health care plan will likely generate this court’s signature decision of a … Continued

Tu’Bshvat: Celebrating the beauty that surrounds us

When I was about to turn 21, and my brother Charles was 19, we took a road trip across the … 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

Robert Downey Jr.: Forgive Mel Gibson

Chris Pizzello AP Actor Robert Downey Jr., left, accepts the 25th American Cinematheque Award from presenter Mel Gibson during a … Continued

The Sabbath we all need can look different for all of us

We all need a Sabbath, one that nurtures the body and the soul. But as religious leaders tend to spend … Continued

What happens when the Messiah doesn’t show?

I am a Jew, and one who believes in the coming of the Messiah, but I am far more interested … Continued

What is love?

By Elizabeth Tenety Palestinians buy flowers for Valentine’s Day in a shop in Gaza City, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. (AP … Continued

After Tucson shooting, soul searching

Congressional staffers observe a moment of silence in honor of the Tucson shooting victims. Six people died and 14 were … Continued

Executions are down: a Jewish response

Year-end figures show that executions are down 12 percent nationally, from a total of 52 in 2009 to 46 in … Continued

Reasons for the season

“Keep Christ in Christmas!” is the familiar refrain of Christians who fear the secularization of the holy day celebrating the … Continued

What constitutes fairness?

A deal President Obama struck with Republican leaders last week will extend tax cuts across the board including, controversially, to … Continued

Roads from Rome

By Katherine Marshall FAITH IN ACTION There was such a flurry of activity in Rome last week that it seemed … Continued