Opinion

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July 31, 2013

The recent election in Israel of Rabbi David Lau as Ashkenazi chief rabbi, and Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef as Sephardi chief rabbi, may seem like a victory for the status quo. Indeed, many assume that the new chief rabbis are unlikely to make any meaningful changes in the Rabbinate’s approach and attitude toward the increasing number CONTINUE »

July 31, 2013

Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Its final status will be determined in negotiations with the Palestinians. These dual realities hover in the background of the case of Zivotofsky v. Secretary of State and last week’s ruling in that case by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. At issue was whether CONTINUE »

BY Danielle Sarah Storch
July 31, 2013

I stood on our blacktop driveway holding my bike. My hands smoothed over the shiny black metal frame. Its high leather seat stood proudly at the top, looking down on the wide handlebars with the extra-firm handbrakes. I hopped on my brand new mountain bike. As I rode down the dirt hill in our backyard, CONTINUE »

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BY Maayan Jaffe
July 31, 2013

This week’s cover story is principally about mental illness and suicide. But the real story is one of communication — or rather missed communication. Despite the fact that mental illness can strike anyone regardless of age, economic status or religion, those with the disease are often stigmatized. No one wants to talk about their experience. CONTINUE »

July 26, 2013

By Michael Yaffe When I was growing up in South Florida, my Hebrew school teachers told me stories about their visits to the Jewish homeland. Seeing the Western Wall first-hand, floating in the Dead Sea, eating kosher McDonalds … it was just a matter of time before I made my trek to that part of CONTINUE »