Monday, November 6th, 2017

The challenges of Jewish education

A Jewish community may enjoy many blessings, but the healthiest community is one that brings together a rich blend of Jews by RABBI MAX DAVIS I have yet to see one but apparently, there is a T-shirt making the rounds in some rabbinic circles proclaiming “Rabbis ♥ Cheshvan!” This is in reference to the present […]

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Judith Meisel: From Stutthof to Charlottesville

Judith Meisel, a local Holocaust survivor, looks forward to the U.S. president following the lead of the German chancellor, and condemning the hatred expressed by white supremacists By MICHAEL COHEN My mother, Judith Meisel, was born in 1929, the same year as Anne Frank. She was 15 years old when she was taken off the […]

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Remembering Guernica and its message for today

Guernica, A town bombed 80 years ago by Franco’s Axis allies stands as a reminder of the consequences of inaction in the face of fascist aggression By ALEJANDRO BAER The Basque town of Guernica recently recounted the sorrow and devastation inflicted 80 years ago. On that fateful late afternoon of April 26, 1937, German and […]

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 […]