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New report says Jews in EU experiencing surge in anti-Semitism over the past five years
BY Maayan Jaffe
November 21, 2013

Anti-Semitism is one of the most alarming examples of how prejudice can endure, lingering on for centuries, curbing Jewish people’s chances to enjoy their legally guaranteed rights to human dignity, freedom of thought, conscience and religion or non-discrimination. So starts a foreword by Morten Kjaerum to the study, “Discrimination and hate crimes against Jews in CONTINUE »

Growing number come from intermarriages
BY Julie Wiener
November 21, 2013

When Eric Woodward started rabbinical school at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary, he assumed he would be the only student who grew up celebrating Christmas along with Chanukah. But midway through his training, when Woodward started a discussion group for students of interfaith families, more than 20 people showed up. Not all were children CONTINUE »

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Conservative synagogues wrestle with intermarriage
BY Uriel Heilman
November 21, 2013

To an outsider, the battles might seem to be over trifles — in some cases, just a few feet. Where may a non-Jewish parent stand in the synagogue during his child’s bar mitzvah? Can a non-Jew open the holy ark? Should non-Jewish synagogue members have voting rights? Such questions have been pushed to the fore CONTINUE »

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BY Maayan Jaffe
November 21, 2013

Judith is a beautiful widow who has fascinated artists, writers, poets and composers through the centuries. The heroine of the Book of Judith, a text that was never accepted into the Jewish cannon, Judith serves the role of holy Jewish widow, of seductress and of soldier. Here is a quick rundown: Judith comes onto the CONTINUE »

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The Chanukah story lights the way to ideas of energy conservation and sustainability
BY Melissa Gerr
November 21, 2013

A beautiful thing about many Jewish laws is that they are open to interpretation. Evolving analysis helps transform a seemingly obsolete idea into a concept that is relevant and applicable to contemporary issues. Bal tashchit is one of those laws. Its original form commands to “not destroy with wanton abandon” (particularly geared to war time), CONTINUE »