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As we begin in the Jewish year 5775, a radical way to approach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Middle East, is to refresh ourselves by turning to our Torah for solutions. Torah is dynamic as the cadence of its Hebrew letters import. We were … more
Some years ago, my middle daughter occasionally did cat sitting for a rabbi. One day, he called for her and we ended up in a conversation that led him to ask where we were affiliated. I told him that we went to the JCC and belonged to the … more
It isn’t easy to make something good out of something horrible, but something positive has occurred in the aftermath of the sickening anti-Semitic graffiti incidents in … more
Unlike many members of Newport’s Jeshuat Israel, known far and wide as “Touro Synagogue,” I cannot delight in Judge John J. McConnell’s recent unequivocal decision in support … more
The hostile intentions of the international boycott, divestment and sanctions movement toward Israel are clear. But some believe it is possible to be pro-Israel while supporting just a little BDS – boycotting Israeli businesses located on the West … more
John Kerry is not a naive man. While deeply aware of the complexities and obstacles to peace, Kerry is undeterred by the acrimony and intransigence that imprison Israelis and Palestinians in a devastating and soul-corrupting status quo even as the … more
JTA – The vote is over, but the debate rages on over the recent rejection of J Street’s application to join the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Depending on where you stand, the 22-17 vote rejecting the … more
For 36 years, I kicked myself for blowing a chance to see my musical muse in concert.  It was my summer break from college.  I was backpacking solo in Europe and amassing emotional highs and lows.  It was the kind of stuff my hero – the … more
After endless shopping trips, anxious parents will soon deliver their children to college for the first time. Some will be cooped up with their soon-to-be-independent high school graduate for many hours on a road trip. Other families will fly. more
On Friday [April 22], I attended a community seder at Touro Synagogue’s Levi Gale house opposite Touro Synagogue. I will always think of it as the Jewish Community Center. About 60 attended. … more
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