| By Yossi Beilin |
| Friday, 17 January 2014 14:50|
(JTA) — Ariel Sharon’s development as a leader was very similar to that of Menachem Begin. In the final years of their political careers, both men came to realize the limits of relying on force alone.
These realizations led to historic decisions: While Begin gave up the Sinai Peninsula — an area three times the size of Israel proper — Sharon withdrew from the entire Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements, even though no one demanded this of him.
| By Joel Benjamin |
| Friday, 03 January 2014 16:52|
The Fab Four /United States Library of CongressJust as Judaism is an ethical and spiritual lighthouse – so too were The Beatles.
Most religions have their roots in spiritual awakening. The Beatles had a powerful appeal to a generation in calling forth a spiritual bonding. They sought out wonder, meaning and innocence in their lives and music. Similar to Judaism, the religious allure of The Beatles was a vital factor in allowing the group to endure.
| By David Meyers |
| Friday, 22 November 2013 16:10|
JERUSALEM, Israel – During a panel at this year’s JFNA’s General Assembly (GA), the moderator asked, “If you would compare the Jewish Federation to a car or animal what would it be?” Without a second thought, the legendary Ford car from the 1920s, the Model T, popped into my head. At 18 years old and a current participant on a BBYO gap year program studying at Tel Aviv University, it felt as though my singular presence in this room of more than 1000 individuals made the average age plummet to an amazingly low 55. But this feeling of being out of place, out of the loop, is unfortunately a familiar one for me and many of my peers.
| By Lee Kossin |
| Thursday, 07 November 2013 16:52|
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 “Jewish pool club.” When he asked again, I told him that we didn’t attend a synagogue because I come from a long line of atheists and my husband is an atheist by choice. After a contemplative silence he said, “But your daughter is such a good person.”
| By Rabbi Amy Levin |
| Friday, 25 October 2013 14:08|
This month, two different research studies have been released that shed light on the realities of American Jewish life … and Rhode Island Jewish life.
The Pew Research Center, a subsidiary of the Pew Charitable Trusts, is a very highly respected independent body that conducts research on a range of public issues. On October 1, the Center published a major study of American Jews. In the course of close to 150 pages, the “Portrait of Jewish Americans” presents statistics and analysis of Jewish American population estimates, intermarriage and other demographics, religious beliefs and practices, trends in American Jewish identity and more.
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