Voices

The struggle for universal suffrage is part of the Jewish American heritage

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By Marc Gopin The universal right to vote and hold public office despite your skin color or religion is a relatively new moral idea. But...

We were a Compton’s Encyclopedia Jewish family

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By Karen Galatz Jews are often called the People of the Book, a reference to our reverence for sacred writings, but in my nonobservant childhood...

Lessons from the Mount Meron tragedy

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By Clifford S. Fishman Special to WJW The death of 45 people at the Mount Meron Lag B’Omer ceremony on April 30 reminded us, as if...

The issue is the occupation, not our feelings about the word ‘apartheid’

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By Hadar Susskind Special to WJW Does hearing Israel called an “apartheid state” make you angry? Is it painful to think about the country that you...

Human Rights Watch has now gone beyond antisemitism

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By Clifford D. May Antisemitism may be the world’s oldest hatred but it’s still a long way from death’s door. What I find particularly distressing,...

My son was at the Mount Meron disaster

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By Rabbi Robyn Frisch On the evening of April 29, as I was just about to close my computer, I saw the news alert from...

What will it take for me to go back to synagogue?

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By Gary Rosenblatt When I was very young, what motivated me to go to shul on Shabbat morning was the fire station two houses away...

Does America’s Afghanistan pullout bode ill for Israel?

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By Jonathan S. Tobin It turns out that there are some things on which President Joe Biden and his predecessor agree. Former President Donald Trump endorsed...

If rabbis can’t talk about public policy, what’s the point of Torah?

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By Rabbi Michael Rothbaum When do you call the rabbi? Sometimes to complain. (We’re Jews, after all.) But usually, a life-cycle event has taken place. A...

Sorry, but Zoom Judaism just isn’t the real thing

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By Rabbi Eli L. Garfinkel For more than a year now, synagogues around the world have managed to continue their activities during the COVID pandemic...