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I Lived the PEW Report

December 19, 2013, by

Some people are diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), others experience “winter blues” — both characteristically marked by feelings of melancholy and restlessness from the cold temperatures and lack of sun.  Although I am not diagnosed with S.A.D, I do find myself “seasonally affected” in the days leading up to Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day,

Yachad Birthright: Pride and Reflections

June 21, 2011, by

I’ve seen a lot of inspirational sights in my life but most of them would pale in comparison to witnessing Yachad Birthright visit the Kotel. It is clear that there is no other organization in the world that could give these young men and women with disabilities this experience. From the coordination of Rabbi Dave

Never Again, or Alive and Well at Rutgers?

February 2, 2011, by

Thirty-three years after the collapse of Nazi Germany, Jews were alive and well in America. I was fresh out of college at the time, facing a rotten US economy and having a tough time finding job opportunities. When a suburban Temple’s Hebrew high school program offered a teaching position despite the awkwardness of my being

Op-Ed: There’s No Place for Bullying in God’s World

October 20, 2010, by

This article first appeared October 17 in JTA I was saddened to hear of the death of Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old college student driven to suicide by bullying over his sexual orientation. While Clementi’s case has grabbed national headlines, it sadly is far from unique. Last September alone, no fewer than six boys in the

A Fallible Nation

January 3, 2007, by

Nicholas Goldberg, editor of the Los Angeles Times’ op-ed section, published an article in that paper portraying Israel as a nation exhausted and suffering from a deep malaise. The summer’s failed war in Lebanon, the inability of the Israel Defense Forces to stop the Kassam barrage coming from the Gaza Strip, and ongoing corruption and