News of the killing of Osama bin Laden sent many out to the streets and glued many others to TV screens. But for some in the Jewish community, the news offered an opportunity to revisit an event that touched them individually more than it did most others.44
An extensive national survey by the Forward indicates that, despite a sharp increase in the past year, significant boycott divestment and sanctions activity on North American campuses is limited to a handful of instances since 2005, the year of the official launch of the BDS campaign.103
“I don’t pay my children to empty the dishwasher or take out the garbage. I pay them $1 a book to read. Children are not reading,” lamented Israeli novelist Yael Hedaya (author of “Housebroken,” “Eden” and “Accidents,” and head writer for “In Treatment,” an Israeli TV series adapted for HBO) at the April 27 “Authors and Audiences” panel discussion. The discussion was moderated by Bookforum co-editor Albert Mobilio.
Kaya Stern-Kaufman is graduating from rabbinical school this spring, but she will not always be called a “rabbi.” Instead, the 47-year-old mother of two will also use the title “rabba,” making her the first woman to specifically choose this Hebrew feminized version of “rabbi” as a preferred moniker.19
Josh Tapper travels to Kyrgyzstan to report on the precarious situation of the nation’s 1,500 Jewish residents, who have been the target of a series of anti-Semitic incidents during the past year.
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