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An Israeli Hospital of Humanity and Hope

An Israeli Hospital of Humanity and Hope On a recent visit to Israel, I witnessed extraordinary acts of human kindness at a hospital near the…

A Divine Blessing of Food and Security

A Divine Blessing of Food and Security With more than 40 million Americans struggling to put food on the table, gifts of food affirm the…

Elegy for a Character: A Tzedakah Story

Elegy for a Character: A Tzedakah Story Renee was a character, often exasperating those who didn’t “get” her. She also understood the true value of…

Reform Judaism: How It Evolved in America

Reform Judaism: How It Evolved in America In his new book, Steven R. Weisman offers a compelling narrative about the formation of the Jewish religion…

What Can We Learn from a Chasidic Melody?

What Can We Learn from a Chasidic Melody? Nigunim, wordless melodies, can take numerous forms: some are fast and energetic, others are ponderous and slow,…

My Love Affair with Cuba’s Jewish Community

My Love Affair with Cuba’s Jewish Community My love affair with Cuba’s Jewish community began in 2005, with my first mission to the country, where…

A Jewish Response to Political Scandal

A Jewish Response to Political Scandal As we witness public figures dismantled by the revelation of ugly episodes from their pasts, we parents must distill…

"Just Jewish," A Poem for Imperfect Judaism

“Just Jewish,” A Poem for Imperfect Judaism Reform Jewish poet Edward Levin, Ph.D., shares a personal poem about trying to be a “good” Jew.  4/04/2019 Edward…

My Very First Shabbat: Looking Back

My Very First Shabbat: Looking Back Malachi’s parents regale me with what they most enjoy about being Jews: the gift of Shabbat, the beauty of…