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BY Aleeza Oshry
February 6, 2014

We find ourselves in the middle of a leap year in the Jewish calendar, injecting another month of Adar before the regular one and thereby pushing the rest of our holidays to a time of year where we recognize them best. That means no more Thanksgivukkahs! I call this extra month the “winter pause.” Before CONTINUE »

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BY Linda A. Hurwitz
February 6, 2014

When The Associated: Jewish Comm- unity Federation of Baltimore identified values that exemplify its work in our community, a very important word came up time and time again: collaboration. The centralized format of The Associated system inspires partnership among its agencies so that they do not compete against each other for resources. Instead, they seek CONTINUE »

BY Mark Hetfield
January 30, 2014

Nearly 60,000 Africans fleeing war, oppression and violence have sought refuge in Israel, a prosperous and democratic country established in 1948 by refugees themselves. These asylum seekers were not just fleeing from oppression but to a prosperous and democratic country. While Israel’s courts have protected them and new Israeli friends have defended them, the welcome CONTINUE »

BY Richard L. Cravatts
January 30, 2014

As the recent calls for boycotts and sanctions against Israeli universities by the American Studies Association and the Modern Language Association clearly indicate, an ideological imbalance in the professoriate has resulted in a collective antipathy toward Israel as the latest villain in the academic left’s panoply of oppressors — this time the victim of the CONTINUE »

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Look to Shabbat as a unifying force in the midst of contentious debates
BY Rabbi Ari Israel
January 23, 2014

It seems to me that so many Jewish conversations recently have devolved into divisive rhetoric about Israel; rather than being dialogues, these exchanges position one single-minded extreme against the other. Long gone are the age-old positive Jewish characteristics of civility and warmth. Instead, let’s shift the conversation from rights and wrongs to rights and responsibilities. CONTINUE »