HIAS In Search Of A Mission

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HIAS, once known as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, is looking for a new purpose. Founded in New York at the turn of the 20th century, the organization was created to assist with the resettlement of Jewish immigrants who needed help getting acclimated to their new homes. The organization thrived through its first half-century and… Read More

Unity Begins At Home

This past Tuesday, Jews worldwide commemorated the destruction of the Holy Temple and the pillage of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 422 B.C.E. and by the Romans approximately 500 years later. The Talmud relates a story that highlights the lack of unity that existed in the days leading up to the Roman attack on Jerusalem:… Read More

No Doubt

Overlooked in the discussion about Messianic Jews (“Fusion Of Faiths,” June 21) is the most politically well-connected Messianic Jew of them all: Ron Cantor. He is the beloved cousin of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va).  Born in America, Ron Cantor, according to his website, “has been privileged to passionately share on the Jewish Roots… Read More

Betrayal Of Torah

Barry Rubin (“Have The conversation,” July 5) boasts that Messianic Jews “follow Torah … celebrate the [Jewish] holidays … [hold] services on Shabbat. …”  In that case, they are being bad Christians. Messianic Jews are Protestant fundamentalists, nothing less.  As such, they believe that Jesus, in his death and (alleged) resurrection, “fulfilled the Law/Torah,” thereby… Read More

Not A Rabbi

The Jewish community must continue to disclose Jewish misrepresentation by missionary movements speaheaded by their deceptive leaders. The JT was wrong to designate Barry Rubin as “Rabbi” given his role with a Christian congregation that misrepresents itself by its name and intent. … I had attended Emanuel Messianic “Christian” Congregation in Clarksville, as an observer,… Read More

Celebrate Smarter

I read with interest your series of articles on dog ownership and Jewish tradition (“The Puppy Paper,” July 5). Thank you for devoting so much space to a topic that is so fundamental to many readers’ daily lives. From my perspective, the idea of a “bark mitzvah” is a very odd one.  While few would… Read More

Nothing I Can Do

Regarding your article on pet bereavement (“Part Of The Family,” July 5): Our dog, Kodi Bear, was 14 years old. His legs could no longer support him. He kept falling down and was unable to get back up. …  You just had to look at his beautiful face and you knew he was miserable. My… Read More

Live the Life You Love

When I present my profession as life coach, I am often asked what that means. By definition, coaching is an ongoing relationship between the professional and the client, which focuses on the client’s taking action toward the realization of their visions, goals or desires. Coaching uses a process of inquiry and personal discovery to build… Read More

Worth 1,000 Words

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Have you heard of Instagram? It is a photo-sharing site that now boasts more than 100 million users. Facebook recently bought it for $1 billion. Instagram touts itself as the app that helps you “capture and share the world’s moments.” And that’s not so far off; Instagram is an easy, fast and fun way to… Read More

Naming the Beast: Mental Illness

This was my third funeral of a similar kind. The death of yet another young adult, Peter (Avniel) who did not simply “die,” but was pursued mercilessly by a ravaging disease that often goes unnamed at funerals and rips the heart and guts out of all who know it by name: mental illness. Depression, bipolar… Read More