And Really Mean It

Regarding Simone Ellin’s article about the Zimmerman case (“Word Of The Day,” July 26): Why is President Barack Obama speaking out on such a personal, emotional level in reference to the Martin and Zimmerman jury decision? Instead of focusing on the decision of the acquittal and self-defense verdict, the president has been dwelling on a… Read More

When Someone You Know Is Depressed

Has someone ever confided in you feelings of depression? This is not uncommon. But when those feelings persist and impact a person’s health and well-being, it may be necessary to seek help. As a concerned friend or family member, you may wonder how serious the depression is, and you may feel the need to encourage… Read More

What We Learn From Camp

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Noah came home from camp this week and told us he had been fishing in the lake without a pole. When asked to clarify, he told me they just walked into the shallow water and tried to catch them with their hands. I asked him how that worked out. He told us, “Not very well.”… Read More

Spreading A Positive Impression Of Israel

Gabriela Cruz wanted to go to Israel to better understand how Israelis and Palestinians live together in an unstable area. Professor Mario Garcia found his trip to Israel “transformative and invaluable.” And on college campuses across the country, door hangers, which showcase some of the latest Israeli innovations that are making the world a better… Read More

Opportunity for Renewal

Parshat Re’eh As we enter parshat Re’eh, Moses reminds us of God’s words, as we prepare to cross into Israel. “I set before you blessing and curse — blessing if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God … and curse if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but… Read More

‘Everyone’s Rabbis’

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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… Read More

Jerusalem Is Part Of Israel

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… Read More

The Real Winner

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,… Read More

Why Can’t We Talk About It?

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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…. Read More