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

Progress in the Absence of Peace

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin: “Cultivating channels of communication … improves our situation.” (Itzike via Wikimedia Commons.)

In an op-ed in The Washington Post last week, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin outlined a kinder, gentler right-wing approach to the Palestinians living under Israeli control that would focus on improving basic services and quality of life in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. In the absence of “a viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,”… Read More

Key to Student Success?

The Every Student Succeeds Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law last week, was a triumph of bipartisan cooperation between Congress and the administration. The successor to No Child Left Behind, the new law will affect some 50 million students and 3.4 million teachers. Like No Child Left Behind, which President George W. Bush… Read More

Reverse the Neglect

Editor-in-Chief

It’s interesting the things you notice, but my first thought upon walking through the White House — my first-ever visit to the presidential residence —was how much smaller it really is in real life. Whether in depictions on the small or large screen or in the fanciful imaginations of children and adults alike, let’s face… 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

Honor Tradition!

In “The Chef with a Million Flavors,” (Nov. 27), Ben Rubin states that  his success is due to his ability to  redesign classic foods, “by waking  up the palate to new tastes” and by “trying to bring a diversity of spices, textures and flavors to the traditional Chanukah celebration.” I suggest his efforts be placed… 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