More than just knaidel

by Rabbi Eric Linder Knaidel …. K-N-A-I-D-E-L … Knaidel. With that utterance, Arvind Mahankali won the 86th National Scripps Spelling Bee. Arvind is a 13-year old Indian-American living in Bayside, N.Y. Only in America. Here’s a kid of Indian descent that won a coveted American spelling bee championship yesterday due to his correct spelling of… Read More

Navigating health-care policy

by William Daroff Sandy Teplitzky is a lawyer in Baltimore who represents health-care providers every day. Last week, his Jewish activism took him to Washington, D.C., as co-chair of a summit organized by The Jewish Federations of North America that focused on the critical changes in the delivery of health care and the implementation of… Read More

Remembering Frank Lautenberg

by Senator Ben Cardin Frank Lautenberg, the senior U.S. senator from New Jersey, was a friend and colleague. He was an outstanding senator, a patriot who served our country in World War II, an extraordinarily successful businessman, and a person whose life was the embodiment of the American Dream. We will miss him.

Women of the Wall – a different perspective

by Chana Keleman As a religious woman, I am struck by some glaring inconsistencies in the Women of the Wall’s cause and, because they have taken their political and social protest to our holiest site, I feel personally affected by the Women of the Wall’s stance, and would like to respond with a few observations…. Read More

Ill-advised list

by Daniel Pipes At this moment of sequester and belt-tightening, the U.S. government has delivered a reading list on Islam. The National Endowment for the Humanities has joined with two private foundations, Carnegie and Duke, to fund “Muslim Journeys,” a project that aims to present “new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs,… Read More

Places that connect us

by Rabbi Aaron Miller New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward is a place with many religious people, but fewer pastors; countless houses of worship, but few churches. Most prayer in this rebuilding community takes place in what are known as “family churches,” where large family networks come together to pray. These refitted homes have been owned… Read More

Are synagogues passe?

by Rabbi David Greenspoon Organized Jewish community faces an increasingly challenging landscape: Congregations are “graying” along with the Jewish community; affiliation rates are in a downward spiral; younger Jews are less willing and less able to assume a congregation’s debt load; more and more congregations are closing – or being foreclosed; more synagogue professionals are… Read More

Pluralism in Hillel must extend to Israel

by Lex Rofes and Simone Zimmerman JTA News and Features Throughout our four years in college, Hillel has been our home on campus. We have been involved extensively, with one of us serving as president on campus and on the Hillel international board. While we both found in Hillel a supportive community, when it came… Read More

Jews were saved – but not by FDR

by Rafael Medoff Raoul Wallenberg’s heroic rescue of Jews in Nazi-occupied Budapest (including future U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos and his wife-to-be Annette) has gained appropriate and widespread recognition in recent years. But now, incredibly, two authors are suggesting that it was President Franklin Roosevelt who really deserves the credit for making Wallenberg’s mission possible.

Hate no more

by Susie Gelman Special to WJW Mark Carson worked as a manager at a gelato kiosk in Grand Central Station in New York City. According to a co-worker, he was a nice man who would serve customers even after closing hours. But on a recent Friday night, Carson was senselessly and brazenly gunned down in… Read More