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The Holocaust Unites Anew at the GA and on New York Campuses

Sitting at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in Baltimore this week I had the opportunity to watch Elie Wiesel and Natan Sharansky share the stage to reflect on one of the watershed projects of Jewish history – the fight for freedom for Soviet Jewry. The 25th anniversary of the March […]

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Growing Up Gay in an Orthodox World: My Final Game of Tag

When I was in the sixth grade, I would count the minutes every morning until recess. I was pretty athletic, though I wasn’t into most organized sports. But I loved playing tag. It was simple: all you had to do was be faster than the slowest runner. If you could outrun the weakest player you […]

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Faulty Logic on the Israel-Hamas Conflict

I am losing faith in the world. Every day I see statistics such as “113 Palestinians killed, 3 Israelis killed” being used to suggest that Israel is the aggressor and Gaza the victim of gratuitous Israeli violence. The numbers and one-sided analysis make me cringe, and not because I am surprised that much of the […]

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If Hamas Wants Peace

It’s been a brutal week in the Middle East, and here in the Western Hemisphere you have only to turn on a TV or computer to be hit with a barrage of slogans, photos, and propaganda from Israelis and Palestinians alike. The larger conflict has been ongoing for years. But to summarize this past week […]

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Parshat Vayetzei- Come and Work it All Out Now

There is a famous Rambam which describes that when you work for someone you have to put in a full day’s work. You are not supposed to cut corners. In this week’s parsha Yaakov worked very hard for Lavan. It is actually striking, Yaakov says (Breishis 31,40), “For these years that I worked for your […]