Live from Israel

I met many incredible people this week who were embarking on their journey to their new lives in Israel. No matter what their story, whether or not they had family living in Israel, could speak Hebrew or knew how they were going to make a living in their new country, they all seemed so dedicated… Read More

An ode to books

To me, books are like special packages — to be handled with care, opened eagerly and eventually put away in safe places. I need to make a book confession: I have not made the transition to books online, books on tape, even rented books from the library.  I want to own my books forever despite… Read More

What time is minyan?

On Tuesday July 2 at Mincha (afternoon service) I completed 11 months of saying Kaddish for my mom, Janice Hiller z”l.  Although I will still be in mourning until the end of the month, my obligation to say Kaddish on a daily basis will be completed. Since her passing, I have attempted to honor her… Read More

The next chapter for JCADA

It is truly a privilege to be the incoming president of the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) as it enters its 13th year. Domestic abuse is everywhere. It affects one in four women and one in nine men. Sadly, just like the rest of the country, it happens in the Jewish community — in… Read More

An open letter to Aharon Friedman

Dear Aharon Friedman, It has been approximately five years since you separated from your then wife, Tamar Epstein, and three years have passed since your civil divorce was granted. And yet, although you profess yourself to be a religious Jew, you have refused to grant Tamar her get, her religious divorce that would allow her… Read More

CUFI’s message

Earlier this week, thousands of the most pro-Israel people of all ages you’d want to meet came to the D.C. Convention Center. The big difference between them and us is that they are predominately Christian, hence the name of the organization CUFI or Christians United for Israel. There was a time when that group would… Read More

Letters from 7-25-13

Ad hominem attack Wojo Cohen’s letter to the editor (“He’s an apostate,” WJW, July 4) disapproves of Daniel Pipes use of information received from Marvin Olasky (to wit, that the National Endowment for the Humanities, the NEH, spent $1 million collecting and listing books about Islam that were skewed to the apologist side). Cohen says… Read More

The power of words

Helen Thomas made a groundbreaking career in journalism by being pointed, persistent and fearless. She broke down barriers in journalism for women — she was the first female member of the White House Correspondents Association and the Gridiron Club. And she had a career longevity that most would envy. When she first reported for duty… Read More

HIAS in search of a mission

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 the first half century… Read More

Being a global ambassador

I didn’t go on BBYO Passport’s Ambassadors to Bulgaria trip to get inspired; I didn’t go to learn.  I went because I couldn’t go to camp and I needed something to do.  I remember the night before I left, crying that I had to go to Bulgaria instead of camp, because I thought that I’d… Read More