Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Fidel and the Jews

The late Cuban leader sharply criticized Iran’s former president for propounding Holocaust denial By DAVID RUBENSTEIN In 2010, Jeffrey Goldberg, of The Atlantic magazine (where he is now the editor-in-chief), interviewed Fidel Castro and wrote a series of articles. Much of what Castro had to say — about Israel, about Jews and about Iran’s president […]

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Opinion: ‘We Shall Overcome’

These times call for the joyous affirmation of all that is good and decent in us, as we wait patiently for the day when all that is good and decent will also be expressed in public policy By JULIUS LESTER For those who chose Trump by voting for a third party candidate or by not voting […]

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

A call for change at the Twin Cities Jewish Federations

We call for a task force from a demographically diverse cross-section of Jewish citizens from across the Twin Cities to come together and explore fresh opportunities To the leadership of the St. Paul and Minneapolis Federations: Inspired by the words of the renowned sage and scholar Hillel, who said, “If not now, when?” (Mishnah Avot […]

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Elie becomes a fighter

An elite military unit reminds its soldiers of the mission: ‘Tomorrow War’ By TEDDY WEINBERGER At the conclusion of a soldier’s training, the IDF conducts an “end of course” (sof maslul) ceremony. My son Elie, who is in an elite, secret commando unit, recently completed a relatively lengthy 16-months of training. (I was rebuked by […]

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Shavuot: who (or what) will get the first fruits?

Holiday, with its harvest ritual, seems to tell us to be not just consumers, but conscious consumers and producers By EDMON J. RODMAN LOS ANGELES (JTA) — As we approach Shavuot, there’s a battle going on in our garden over who — or what — will get our first fruits. In ancient days in Israel, […]

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Worshipping in the holy temple of sports

We need to find a way for sports to be important without becoming idolatrous By ALEXANDER DAVIS Super Bowl 50 is history. And while the post-game shows reviewed every conceivable statistic — rushing yards, number of sacks, turnovers, etc. — some stats were notably absent. How many brain cells died? How many years of quality […]

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

‘Everything that has breath shall praise God’

At 77, the author is sometimes short of breath, but never short of spirit (Editor’s note: One of the pleasures of social media is to read, and respond, to the reflections of a great writer. Celebrated author Julius Lester has a large appreciative following on Facebook, where he recently posted this essay. The American Jewish […]

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

In Paris, a Shabbat marred by terror

For a Paris congregation, terror had, once again, turned singing into mourning, but it could not overcome the essential power of sacred community By AARON D. PANKEN PARIS (JTA) — My son and I met in Paris on Friday morning, walked the charming streets of the City of Light, visited the Picasso and Pompidou museums, […]

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Judaism and the Western Wall

Local Jewish federations issue a misguided call to protest Muslim efforts to change the status of the Western Wall By MOSHE GIT I received an email from the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul protesting the attempts by the United Nations to get the Western Wall designated as a sacred […]

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Our Jewish community in 2115

The Jewish future in Minnesota depends on what we envision and initiate today By HAYIM HERRING Imagine that you’re the biblical Abraham. You and your wife, Sarah, are literally the founders of a start-up nation. To ensure its continuity, you ask, “What is one important thing that I can leave for my descendants that they […]