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Wednesday 09/20/2017
Judaism without God
Posted: September 20, 2017

When I was 15 years old, a new rabbi moved to my small town of Easton, Pennsylvania, and changed my life. I had been raised in our Conservative synagogue, but dropped out after my bar mitzvah. The new rabbi befriended me, introduced me to Jewish youth groups, Torah lessons, Hebrew camping and, most importantly, books on Jewish philosophy. I discovered there was more than one way to be Jewish, and more than one way to think about God.

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Wednesday 09/13/2017
Why do bad hurricanes happen to good people?
Posted: September 13, 2017

Why do bad hurricanes happen to good people?

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Wednesday 09/06/2017
What I do matters, especially today
Posted: September 06, 2017

When I saw the images and heard the video of the young white supremacist men parading with lit torches around the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, my thoughts returned to another massacre on the streets of the quiet southern town of Greensboro, North Carolina, my home for 20 years.

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Wednesday 08/30/2017
Where are the Confederate Jewish monuments?
Posted: August 30, 2017

The Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville was ostensibly about protecting the Robert E. Lee statue. It included demonstrators chanting, “Jews will not replace us” and the Nazi slogan “blood and soil.”

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Wednesday 08/23/2017
The Primacy of Togetherness
Posted: August 23, 2017

Though we possess different values, identities, beliefs, histories and aspirations, Americans are bound together in a “social fabric” — evident in towns, cities, states and nationally. To exist as a community is to live, work and address community problems together.

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Wednesday 08/16/2017
We Do Not Stand Idly By
Posted: August 16, 2017

This past Saturday, Neo-Nazis and white supremacists united in Charlottesvile, Virginia. Among their hateful and inciting messages was the chant of “Jews will not replace us” along with racist and anti-LGBT slurs.

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Protecting immigrants
Posted: August 16, 2017

Five years ago, the U.S government began implementation of President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive order deferring deportation for U.S. residents without papers who were brought here by their parents as children. The nearly 800,000 kids given a reprieve by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, are our children. They attended our schools, played on our high school teams, starred in our school plays and joined debate teams and service clubs. They learned English and have citizen siblings who were born here. They have little or no memory of their country of origin. They are as American as anyone born here.

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I did not march for hate
Posted: August 16, 2017

When I took part in the Women’s March in January, I marched because I believe that women’s rights are human rights, and I was proud to do so. But I am not proud of what I’m seeing now: attempts to highjack the Women’s March in support of a very different kind of politics.

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