My Experience Leading My Peers On A Taglit-Birthright Israel Trip

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Being an active participant in my fraternity has been one of the highlights of my college experience, and will be one of my fondest memories when I graduate. Aside from the social benefits, being part of AEPi has helped me to enrich my Jewish identity through educational, inspiring, and meaningful interaction with fraternity members that… Read More

Shun Henry Kissinger

Why would an organization dedicated to promoting “serious Jewish thought about the enduring questions of human life and the pressing challenges that confront the Jewish people” associate with a man responsible for one of the ugliest remarks ever made to an American president concerning the Jewish people? This question is prompted by the shockingly misguided… Read More

Grieving Lessons

The adage is true: There’s nothing worse than losing a child. I discovered this a year ago when we laid our beautiful daughter, Rachel, to rest after a long illness. She was 28. Having lost parents and in-laws, I thought I understood everything about grief. I was wrong. Over the past year, I’ve learned things… Read More

You Call This Peace Talks?

It would be hard to find a more mocked beginning to yet another peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. Indeed, the naysayers have it right when they say that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has no courage, is absurdly absolutist in his demands and is more afraid of compromise than most Israelis. Indeed, Abbas — whose… Read More

Lost Its Way?

One can only applaud the restarting of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank. Yet, given the other problems the U.S. currently faces in the Middle East, it is an open question as to whether Secretary of State John Kerry should have spent so much time on Israel-Palestinian peace… Read More

Unexpected Sacred Moments

Recently I returned from vacation with my family.  Before I went, I researched hotels and children’s activities, and I planned out the fastest route. I knew where the balloon festival was, what museums had special exhibits and who was available when for a visit. While on my vacation I stayed open to the mood of… Read More

When Someone You Know Is Depressed

Has someone ever confided in you feelings of depression? This is not uncommon. But when those feelings persist and impact a person’s health and well-being, it may be necessary to seek help. As a concerned friend or family member, you may wonder how serious the depression is, and you may feel the need to encourage… Read More

What We Learn From Camp

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Noah came home from camp this week and told us he had been fishing in the lake without a pole. When asked to clarify, he told me they just walked into the shallow water and tried to catch them with their hands. I asked him how that worked out. He told us, “Not very well.”… Read More

Spreading A Positive Impression Of Israel

Gabriela Cruz wanted to go to Israel to better understand how Israelis and Palestinians live together in an unstable area. Professor Mario Garcia found his trip to Israel “transformative and invaluable.” And on college campuses across the country, door hangers, which showcase some of the latest Israeli innovations that are making the world a better… Read More

Making the Decision to Get Help for a Loved One

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Making the decision that your aging parent or loved one needs help is one of the most difficult decisions you will ever have, and it may even be met with resistance.  Whether it is family or an outside service that will provide the care, you are making a wise decision. So how do you recognize… Read More