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The Complicated Politics of a School-Donation Tax Credit

March 4, 2015, by

Of all the plot lines in the 2015 budget process, the fight over a school-donation tax credit may turn out to be the most complicated. The Catholic Church and a broad swath of other religious and community organizations have built support over several years for a controversial tax credit that would incentivize donations to private

New Prenup Aims to Nip Jewish Divorce Refusal

March 3, 2015, by

Rabbinical and legal experts met Sunday to formulate a legal loophole that will enable women to file for divorce in a Jewish court of law — an attempt to mitigate a practice whereby only a man can issue a get or Jewish divorce. According to Jewish law, if a husband refuses to issue his wife

DC Rally in Support of PM Netanyahu – Tuesday, 3/5

February 28, 2015, by

EMET is urging supporters and friends to join a massive rally at U.S. Capitol West in Washington, D.C. (the front grassy area in front of the Capitol building) on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 9:00 a.m., in support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the U.S. Congress. The Prime Minister will speak about

Unusual Names in the Jewish Tradition

February 19, 2015, by

This article originally appeared on TorahMusings.com Jews traditionally name children after ancestors, Ashkenazim after deceased ancestors and Sephardim after living ancestors. However, there are many non-traditional Jews and many reasons why a traditional Jew may want to give a non-traditional name. Is there anything religiously problematic with choosing a name simply because you like it

Take the Purim Pledge

February 19, 2015, by

The month of Adar is a period of celebration on the Jewish calendar, culminating in the celebration of Purim. The consumption of alcohol on Purim is just one of the many ways we celebrate the great miracle that took place in the time of Queen Esther – the story we read about in the megillah.

When Universal Pre-K is Not Universal

February 12, 2015, by

“We will offer every child, from every borough of this city, truly universal, full-day Pre-K.” That was Mayor Bill de Blasio’s promise to the children of New York City one year ago in his inaugural State of the City address. The Mayor’s pledge of a free pre-K program available to every four-year-old in New York

No Jew Left Behind

February 9, 2015, by

Urge Mayor de Blasio to make NYC’s universal pre-K program truly universal – email him now. In his State of the City last week, Mayor de Blasio bragged of having provided seats for 50,000 kids in his “universal pre-k” program. Well, not quite “universal”: It bars nine out of 10 kids at Jewish day schools.