Opinion

BY Rabbi Yaakov Menken
May 10, 2013

When a “movement” has more media appearances than members, do we notice something amiss? When a group claiming to favor prayer calls for dismantling a place of worship, do we smell smoke? And when leaders of an organization demand “Ahavat Yisrael” and then express outright rev-ulsion for all who oppose their agenda, do we finally CONTINUE »

May 10, 2013

Michal Balass As an Israeli-American Jew living the Diaspora, I have an undying urge to remain connected to my roots. I never want to be the Jew who stands alone.  As a young adult living in Baltimore, I feel very fortunate to be part of a thriving community of other young adults who feel the CONTINUE »

BY Yisrael Motzen
May 7, 2013

A few years ago, I took a trip to Phoenix. The highlight was a day-long outing to the Grand Canyon. If you have been there, you know how absolutely breathtaking the first sight of the Grand Canyon is. After looking out into the canyon for quite some time, I decided to engage in one of CONTINUE »

May 3, 2013

Many Jews who are concerned about ultra-Orthodox control of religious life in Israel are looking to the election in June of a new Ashkenazi chief rabbi as an opportunity to set the country on a more moderate course. Those seeking change see Modern Orthodox Rabbi David Stav as their best hope.CONTINUE »

May 3, 2013

“How many uses of chemical weapons does it take to cross a publicly declared red line against the use of chemical weapons?” That is the angry question being asked by many since the U.S. concluded last week, “with varying degrees of confidence,” that the Assad regime had used chemical weapons against its own citizens — CONTINUE »