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One Country That Loves Jews? Kurdistan

June 22, 2015, by

Here’s some good news amidst all rising anti-Semitism across Europe and the Middle East. One place that likes Jews? Kurdistan. The autonomous region in Iraq seems to be quite fond of Jews and Israel, according to this interesting (but all too short) op-ed in the Forward by Seth Frantzman. “Old peshmerga fighters cradling AK-47s reminisced

Jews in France Say Adieu

June 22, 2015, by

Jews are saying goodbye to the homeland of Rashi and his descendants at a higher rate than ever. In the wake of the horrific terrorist attack that killed four in a Paris kosher supermarket, 25 percent more Jews left to make Aliyah than the year before at this time. In 2014, 4,000 Jews left France

Superheroes in Jewish Thought and Law Part II

June 22, 2015, by

(This is the second part of a three-part series. To read the first part of Rabbi Student’s discussion of the halachas of superpowers, click here.) III. Super Murder As a thought experiment, I was wondering what Jewish law would say about specific super powers. For example, if a Jedi or Sith kills someone with a

Don’t Put Off Having the Talk

June 22, 2015, by

This article was originally published on the Boca Raton Synagogue blog. When I was a kid, the most difficult and awkward conversation between parents and children was the talk about “the birds and the bees.” Due to the Internet, increasingly graphic pop culture and explicit billboards and ads, today’s children can be considered precocious in

Ask Aviva: Selfless Summer

June 17, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I am a teacher in a special education school and look forward to the summer every year. My job takes a lot out of me, but it is also very gratifying. One of the things that get me through the year is anticipating my summer vacation. The problem is that year after year the

What’s in a Name? Ancient Inscription Discovered in Israel

June 17, 2015, by

We may never know who Eshba’al Ben Bada was but his name, recently discovered on a 3,000-year-old piece of pottery, provides us with a link to the distant past. The pottery, painstakingly rebuilt after being discovered in Khirbet Qeiyafain in the Valley of Elah in 2012, contains Eshba’al’s name in an ancient Canaanite script. Scholars

How to End the Wars of Hatred

Today in the Middle East, there is a revolution against secularism of two different kinds. The first is the secular nationalism of Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak in Egypt, Assad in Syria and Saddam Hussein in Iraq – all regimes widely seen to be corrupt and oppressive. The second is the secular culture of the West,

An Orthodox Gift of Life

June 16, 2015, by

Leukemia had almost killed Leya Parker, a 48-year-old mother of four from Florida. “You have no idea (how hard it is) when your brother tells you you’re 10 days away from dying, your doctors tell you you have the worst form of leukemia anyone could ask for at your age, and you need a transplant

Why Teachers Deserve Their Summers Off

June 16, 2015, by

The school year is practically done. Have you thanked your child’s teacher for the dedication they put into the past ten months of educating your child? If more often than not when you see a teacher you think, “Well at least in your job you get your summers off” –blogger Laura Goodman, a recently retired

Howard Stern’s Daughter is Orthodox

June 12, 2015, by

Jew in the City has the full story: Like most people on planet earth, I’ve known who Howard Stern is for years, though, I’ve never really listened to his show or watched more than an occasional clip of “America’s Got Talent.” Then my friend Mayim Bialik was interviewed on his radio show last year and,