Opinion

BY William Linker
October 3, 2013

Imagine the Gaylord National Hotel in Washington, D.C., filled to the brim with Jewish teens from across the world, united under a single flag. Some of you may already have imagined this when the annual BBYO International Convention was held in Washington this past February. I went into the hotel with almost no connections from CONTINUE »

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October 3, 2013

The latest study by the Pew Research Center put on paper a lot of what our communal leaders already knew. Intermarriage is on the rise (71percent of non-Orthodox Jews are intermarried) and younger Jews are opting out of ritual and affiliation (1/3 of Millenials identify as Jews of no religion). But it also reported other CONTINUE »

October 3, 2013

Last month, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 301 with bipartisan support. The bill calls for the establishment of a special envoy to promote religious freedom for religious minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia. The bill has yet to be considered by the Senate, where a similar measure died in 2011. CONTINUE »

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October 3, 2013

Having been a professional journalist for almost six years now, I am hopelessly addicted to telling stories. I love the variety in subject matter and getting to meet all kinds of people. Every now and then, I get to write a story that really stops me in my tracks. In this week’s issue of the CONTINUE »

BY Rabbi Yitzchak Jaffe
September 25, 2013

I’ve often compared my life to one of those plate spinners. I have 10 plates spinning at all times, and all is going well. Then someone comes by and nonchalantly adds another five plates, and over the next few minutes my heart is pounding, sweat’s dripping down my face, everyone’s giving me disappointing looks as CONTINUE »