At Hillel, Fostering a Culture of Disabilities Inclusion

Standing before the burning bush, Moses asks of God, “Mi anochi?” “Who am I to be the one who goes to Pharaoh?” Though there are many reasons why Moses may have asked the question, a tip-off to what is really on Moses’ mind comes just a few verses later when Moses reminds God that he… Read More

Kaddish and My Dad: a Celebration of Life

When I embarked upon the sad journey facing a new life after losing my Dad, Neil Israel, one year ago, I was nervous about the necessity to recite the mourner’s Kaddish multiple times every day as an avel (mourner). However, I found that its rote repetition never became a burden; but rather a bracha (blessing)…. Read More

Why Campus Anti-Racism Protests Are Bad for Jews

A day before University of Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler made headlines with a hunger strike protesting racism on campus, a coalition of 36 Jewish and civil rights organizations contacted the university’s chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin, to protest a vile act of anti-Semitism that had recently occurred at Mizzou: Someone had used feces to smear… Read More

A Choice That Needs Protection

The recent violent assault on a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado is a cause for concern among all people of goodwill, regardless of political or religious affiliation. The staff members and clients who were killed or injured are spouses, parents, siblings, children. Their families are left to mourn, to try to recuperate and to heal… Read More

Irony of the Maccabees

In “Chanukah: Creating a Light That Will Be Meaningful” (Dec. 4), Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz emphasizes that “what interested [assimilated Jews] was the Greek gymnasium, the contemporary sports … .” This cult of the physical body epitomized what the Maccabees resisted, opposed and actively fought against. How ironic then — and hyper-assimilationist! — that in… Read More

Got It Wrong

You are very mistaken about Judge I. Marshall Seidler being the “County’s First Mensch on the Bench” (Dec. 4), and it is an insult and a lie to so state. Judge Marvin Land was appointed to the District Court in 1971, and Judge Paul Alpert was appointed to the District Court a year later.

What a Farce!

I don’t know what the big fuss is concerning Donald Trump. During World War II, the American consul in Bern, Switzerland, Breckenridge Long, was an out-and-out anti-Semite who made every effort to keep Jews from entering the U.S. When the Evian Conference was called, nobody was willing to accept Jewish children; some survived, but others… Read More

URJ: We Are All God’s Children

On Nov. 5, delegates to the Union for Reform Judaism’s 73rd biennial convention unanimously adopted a resolution on the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. It was a moment of great pride and celebration, tempered by the knowledge that just two days earlier — and  reflecting how much work remains to be done to… Read More

Chanukah: Creating a light that will be meaningful

Chanukah is the one holiday that is known to practically every Jew. It is also the only holiday that is not  mentioned in the Bible. In the centuries just before the start of the Common Era, the ruling Greek empire pressured the Jews to assimilate into the Hellenistic world. A small group of Jews, truly… Read More

Why No Facebook Filter in Solidarity with Israeli Victims?

“Show your support for the people of Paris by temporarily updating your profile picture with this new template we created,” read the Facebook-sponsored text promoted not 24 hours after last week’s terror attacks in Paris. The social media giant invited users to overlay their profile picture with the blue, white and red colors of the… Read More