Kosher Laws Connect the Generations

This Shabbat, we read Parshat Shemini. In this parshah, Moses speaks to Aaron and the Israelite people, saying, “These are the animals that you may eat.” The Torah indicates the specifications for land animals, fish, birds and swarming things. In addition to the subject of kashrut discussed in this parshah, I find the topic of… Read More

A Diet of Holiness

The second half of Parshat Shemini begins with a discussion of the offerings that Aaron and his remaining two sons are to eat — including the goat for a sin-offering. When Moses hears that the goat already has been burned on the altar rather than eaten by Aaron and his sons within the holy space… Read More

Opening Our Eyes

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With the Supreme Court due to take up the hotly contested issue of marriage equality later this month, reactions to the phenomenon of same-sex unions have ranged from the thoughtful — National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” began a series on the topic this week by engaging rank-and-file North Dakotans in conversation — to the strange… Read More

GWU’s Swastika? Not

Things are actually worse at George Washington University than the JT’s article (“Hate Crime or Not?” April 10) indicates because the object in question is not a swastika, but rather an Indian religious symbol that could be mistaken for a swastika. It’s as if a student were thrown off campus for posting a Jewish six-pointed… Read More

Obama’s Blind Eye

J Street pushes back by making demands on Israel and giving Palestinian leadership a forum to talk but strangely ignores making demands on the Palestinians. They are providing cover for President Barack Obama to escalate his feud with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (“A Troubling ‘Reassessment’ with Israel,” April 3). All of Israel’s supporters, including those… Read More

One Movement, One Community

BBYO is a huge part of my life, just like it is for thousands of Jewish teens worldwide. And when I say worldwide, I mean it. BBYO touches the hearts of people across more than 30 countries. From Bulgaria to Argentina and Georgia to China, BBYO impacts so many people daily. Although I may live… Read More

Advocating for Israel in the American Media

When was the last time anyone in the American Jewish community heard or saw a creative, impacting short message about the many unique Israeli accomplishments geared to the American public as opposed to our own Jewish community again? Israeli accomplishments are most creative and numerous — prosthetic legs for our wounded American vets, advancements in… Read More

Choosing to Remember and Act

It must have been a shock to walk by Shaare Torah Congregation in Gaithersburg last Tuesday morning and see the outer walls covered by spray-painted swastikas and other offensive graffiti. But as violated as the building appeared, there were no broken windows and the inside was untouched. By the end of the day the walls… Read More

A Real Palestinian Tragedy

Under constant siege, the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp is still home to 18,000 residents.
(YOUSSEF BADAWI/EPA/Newscom)

The news of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp — like almost all news out of Syria — is grim. The camp, on the southern edge of Damascus, is under siege by both the Islamic State, which began decapitating Palestinians as soon as it took over this month, and the Syrian government, which is attacking the… Read More

Four Crucial Years

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According to one storyline, the American Jewish community is losing the battle for the hearts and minds of college students. There’s plenty of evidence to support that conclusion, of course, what with the surge of resolutions supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel garnering votes among student groups. There’s also historically low… Read More