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Why Do People Hate Jews and Judaism?

May 22, 2015, by

As Jews around the world prepare to celebrate the holiday of Shavuot commemorating the acceptance of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai, we are profoundly disturbed by the resurgence of global anti-Semitism. What seems not sufficiently understood is the deep connection between these two, Sinai and anti-Semitism. The link between the two can allow us

Is Clothing Religious?

May 21, 2015, by

This article originally appeared on Inspireconversation.com, a blog inspiring conversation between parents and their children. Our world is a rich tapestry of varying religions, cultures, races and backgrounds. We are people separated by countless variations of circumstance, yet united by a shared humanity. We can choose to celebrate this diversity, learn from each other and

The Immeasurable Value of a Fake Diamond Ring

May 19, 2015, by

Inside a tiny box in a temperature-controlled, locked cabinet at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, there is a ring. It is not particularly beautiful, and in purely monetary terms, it is not particularly valuable. But behind this ring is a beautiful story of survival of Jews living under Nazi occupation—people for whom the ring’s

Orthodox Jewish Commencement Speaker Finds Shabbat Workaround

May 14, 2015, by

Senior Don Greenberg was looking forward to addressing his fellow students as a commencement speaker at Binghamton University’s engineering school when his girlfriend broke the bad news: May 16, graduation day, falls on a Saturday. “Great!” he remembers telling her, in the most sarcastic of tones. A triple major from Teaneck, N.J., with a 3.93

New Jersey Jewish Family’s Struggle For Mobility Goes Viral

May 12, 2015, by

The Herzfeld family hasn’t gone anywhere together for a year and a half. These days, it’s just too much of a challenge to get all of their children in and out of the car and around in public. Over the past 10 years, all four of Esther and Arthur Herzfeld’s children have been diagnosed with

In Detroit, Jewish Cemetery Survives Within GM Auto Plant

May 12, 2015, by

Beth Olem Cemetery is like many aging, final resting places, with assorted tombstones in varying condition, sizes and styles, encircled by a brick wall and iron gate. Yet surrounding it on all sides is an unusual neighbor: a massive automotive plant. The serene, green oasis is enveloped by the steel and concrete structures and grounds

People Have Misconceptions About Miscarriage, And That Can Hurt

May 11, 2015, by

Most people think a miscarriage is rare, and many believe that if a woman loses a pregnancy that she brought it upon herself. Neither of those things is true, but the enduring beliefs cause great pain to women and their partners. In fact, almost half of people who have experienced a miscarriage or whose partner

Five Facts about Lag Ba’Omer by the “Zoo Rabbi”

May 7, 2015, by

Rabbi Natan Slifkin, the Zoo Rabbi and blogger behind Rational Judaism, has a new book from OU Press available for pre-order, “The Torah Encyclopedia of the Animal Kingdom- Volume One: Chayot/Wild Animals.” It’s great. You should buy it and read it. For a taste of Rabbi Slifkin’s style, read his five-facts about Lag Ba’omer that he

An Anti-Semitic Politician in Hungary Discovers His Jewish Heritage

May 7, 2015, by

Far-right Hungarian politician Csanad Szegedi was a rising star in the Jobbik party. As a senior member in a political party mainly known for its anti-Semitism and racism, Szegedi also had the dubious honor of launching a paramilitary organization called the Hungarian Guard. And then, quite suddenly, his career came a screeching halt. He found

When Compromise is Not a Virtue

May 7, 2015, by

I saw a question posed recently online. I didn’t answer it there, nor did I hang around long enough to read others’ responses, but I’d like to address it here. The writer was troubled by what he saw as a contradiction. Rav Aharon Lichtenstein ztz”l passed away recently and the obituaries described him simultaneously as