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Judaism | American Jews

Stories Make Us Human

A Rabbi's reflections on Passover 2020

April 23, 2020

American Jews | Judaism | New York Times | Media | Anti-Semitism | white nationalism | terrorism

The Cartoon and the Rabbi

Last Thursday, the international print edition of The New York Times published a cartoon depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a dog, with a human head and an unusually large nose, being walked by—or, perhaps, walking—President Donal...

May 2, 2019

American Jews | #MeToo | philanthropy | Judaism

When the Good is No Longer Good Enough

One of the worst-kept secrets in the Jewish philanthropic community burst into the open on the front page of The New York Times last month. Several Jewish women professionals went on the record to recount having been the recipients of sexually sugges...

April 4, 2019

Holocaust | American Jews | Donald Trump

Michael Cohen, Never Again

As I stood at my computer at 6 a.m. last Thursday morning reading Michael Cohen’s prepared statement to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, one passage in particular jumped out at me: “I have always tried to live a life of loyalty, f...

March 7, 2019

American Jews | memorial


My father died on the 5th of December, which is also the 27th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar. For the past month, I have attended minyan (Jewish prayer services) twice daily in order to say kaddish for him. Traditionally, children recite kaddish fo...

January 7, 2019

Millennials | Judaism | American Jews | Hillel

Jewish Millennials and Co. -- Martin E. Marty

Unaffiliated, unreachable, unmoved, unfazeable younger Americans, aged 18-23 in some cases, or “millennials” in others, have been in our sights this season as we observe religious trends.  Relying on a variety of polls which use a variety of metho...

November 10, 2014