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Wednesday 11/14/2018
Tragedy aftermath highlights the power of intergroup relations
Posted: November 14, 2018

In the aftermath of the worst anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history, the Jewish community is asking itself how to best counter rising anti-Semitism. How can we ensure that there aren’t other attacks? How do we keep anti-Semitism on the margins of society? 

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Voting is a mitzvah
Posted: November 14, 2018

Hebrew school taught us that there are 613 mitzvot, or obligations, that instruct us on how to be good people in the world. Among them are caring for the sick and welcoming the stranger. As Jewish professionals working with college students, recent elections have shown us a glaring omission in our current list of mitzvot: voting.

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
An enduring message from the Torah in troubled times
Posted: November 07, 2018

Just three hours after the massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, I was called to chant Torah in Phoenix as I became a bat mitzvah at the age of 55. As part of my service, I explained the relevance of my Torah portion. In light of recent events, including the massacre of Jews as they prayed, my Torah portion has special significance. Here is what I said:

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What’s a mother to do?
Posted: November 07, 2018

We are all aware of the increased anti-Semitic, anti-Israel bigotry in our world, which leaves us feeling helpless and, at times, hopeless. 

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Friday 11/02/2018
Hineni. Here I am.
Posted: November 02, 2018

On Friday nights, we walk past the police officer who stands outside the gates of our synagogue. The girls smile and wave at him as we enter for Shabbat services. The girls haven’t experienced Jewish life without police presence. There are officers who guard their Jewish Day School during the week and officers who greet them as they enter the Jewish Community Center. It is part of life. They don’t question it, it just is, because we are Jews.

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Wednesday 10/31/2018
Uniting against American dog whistlers
Posted: October 31, 2018

Saturday’s vicious anti-Semitic attack in Pittsburgh was a cowardly act of a man acting alone. Yet his radicalization, like the “MAGA-bomber” days before him, had obvious accomplices at the highest levels of power. Today’s political discourse is wobbling dangerously off axis, and to right its course we must train our communities, working hand in hand, to identify and destroy the finely-tuned dog whistles among us. 

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Words matter. Use them wisely
Posted: October 31, 2018

I’m in Israel right now with Hazon’s largest ever Israel Ride — 219 participants, plus more than 60 crew and staff members. 

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Wednesday 10/24/2018
Hesitance to come forward is understandable
Posted: October 24, 2018

Recently, I have been contacted by a surprising number of people who have shared with me their stories of past sexual abuse of different kinds. This has been a very difficult period for a lot of people. The senatorial process dealing with the approval of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court reinforced the feelings of many survivors that coming forward will do no good and only cause them as victims to be victimized again.

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