Hillel Kuttler


How Jewish Summer Camps Are Coping With Murders of Israeli Teenagers

By Hillel Kuttler

How Jewish Summer Camps Are Coping With Murders of Israeli Teenagers
The murders of three Israeli teenagers took place just as Jewish summer camps were opening for the season. How much should children be told about the tumult in the Middle East?Read More


Eddie Gottlieb's Story of Immigrant Success Resonates in South Philly

By Hillel Kuttler

Eddie Gottlieb's Story of Immigrant Success Resonates in South Philly
Eddie Gottlieb may not rank with famed South Philadelphia High School grads Jack Klugman and Chubby Checker. But the hoops icon may just mean more to today’s students.Read More


Philadelphia Basketball Great Eddie Gottlieb Cited as Immigrant Role Model

By Hillel Kuttler

Philadelphia Basketball Great Eddie Gottlieb Cited as Immigrant Role Model
Jewish basketball great Eddie Gottlieb was posthumously honored as a pioneer who rose from an immigrant student to a founder of one of sports’ most iconic brands.Read More


Rare Detroit Jewish Combination as Ian Kinsler Reports to Brad Ausmus

By Hillel Kuttler

Rare Detroit Jewish Combination as Ian Kinsler Reports to Brad Ausmus
Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler and manager Brad Ausmus make up the rarest of baseball combos: a Jewish player reporting to a Jewish manager.Read More


10 Jewish Baseball Stars To Watch in 2014

By Hillel Kuttler

10 Jewish Baseball Stars To Watch in 2014
Major League Baseball teams are making the great trek north from spring training sites to begin the new season. 10 Jewish players are likely to make the big league journey.Read More






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  • This is what the rockets over Israel and Gaza look like from space:
  • "Israel should not let captives languish or corpses rot. It should do everything in its power to recover people and bodies. Jewish law places a premium on pidyon shvuyim, “the redemption of captives,” and proper burial. But not when the price will lead to more death and more kidnappings." Do you agree?
  • Slate.com's Allison Benedikt wrote that Taglit-Birthright Israel is partly to blame for the death of American IDF volunteer Max Steinberg. This is why she's wrong:
  • Israeli soldiers want you to buy them socks. And snacks. And backpacks. And underwear. And pizza. So claim dozens of fundraising campaigns launched by American Jewish and Israeli charities since the start of the current wave of crisis and conflict in Israel and Gaza.
  • The sign reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Zionists are not under any circumstances.”
  • Is Twitter Israel's new worst enemy?
  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
  • "My wife and I are both half-Jewish. Both of us very much felt and feel American first and Jewish second. We are currently debating whether we should send our daughter to a Jewish pre-K and kindergarten program or to a public one. Pros? Give her a Jewish community and identity that she could build on throughout her life. Cons? Costs a lot of money; She will enter school with the idea that being Jewish makes her different somehow instead of something that you do after or in addition to regular school. Maybe a Shabbat sing-along would be enough?"
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
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  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
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