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Winner Announced for Yachad’s “Lights, Camera, Take Action!” Contest

May 19, 2014, by

The contest was close but Tova Medetsky was the winner of Yachad’s first “Lights, Camera, Take Action!” video contest by a single vote. Medetsky’s video received 1,506 Facebook “likes” beating out the second place video by Yachad LA’s Doni Yellin and Nani Shapiro. Yachad’s “Lights, Camera, Take Action!” video contest asked friends and supporters of

Enough with the PDAs—In Person and Online

May 19, 2014, by

This article originally appeared on rabbisblog.brsonline.org. Once upon a time, PDA stood for something now obsolete – Personal Digital Assistant. I will never forget my first Palm Pilot together with its cool stylus and what seemed like a miraculous ability to hold over one hundred phone numbers and a To Do list, all on something

New ADL Study: One Billion Harbor Anti-Semitic Views

May 19, 2014, by

Call it Abraham Foxman’s swan song. The world still doesn’t like Jews. Or at least 1.09 billion don’t, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Those are the results of the recently released The ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism, an unprecedented study that surveyed 53,100 adults in 102 countries across the world, representing 88.4 percent of

Letting Go Of Perfect Parenting

May 13, 2014, by

Many mothers, and some fathers, have shared with me their insecurities about parenting. The question that always comes up is, “But am I doing this parenting thing right? Am I really a good parent?” I don’t think that there is one right way to parent and sometimes we are great at parenting and sometimes we

Paralyzing Narratives: Why Peace Keeps Failing

May 13, 2014, by

This article originally appeared in The Jewish Journal. We’re so used to seeing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process fail that we often overlook this simple question: How is it possible that so many can try so hard for so long and still fail to make any progress? How can it be that the United States, the

Ask Aviva: Against Anger

May 13, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I read your response to Huffy Hubby, the newly-married husband whose wife was causing him to get angry. I am sorry but I must disagree with your advice: a. Chazal tell us that ‘Kol Hacoese Killoo oived Avodo zoro’ – ‘Anyone that loses his temper is like he served an idol.’ There is

Jewish Archive Wanted Back in Iraq; Jews? Not So Much

May 7, 2014, by

The fight over the “Iraqi Jewish Archive” PBS Newshour has a fascinating look at the “Iraqi Jewish Archive” the collection of several thousand documents found in a flooded basement in Iraq during the aftermath of the Iraq war. The documents were found in 2003 by former New York Times reporter Judith Miller and Dr. Harold

Nahal Haredi Comes of Age

May 6, 2014, by

This article was featured in Jewish Action Summer 2010 As our Jeep bounces violently through a valley somewhere in the Jordan Valley, we spot a group of about fifteen khaki-clad soldiers on a nearby hill. The soldiers have been stationed on the hill for the last five days while conducting various training exercises. We arrive