The growing sentiment within the organized Jewish community was unmistakable. Amid recent fears of a crisis in relations between Washington and Jerusalem, key players were calling on the community to take off its gloves.
Two months after being aggressively heckled by Muslim students in a high-profile incident at the University of California, Irvine, Israel’s ambassador to the United States is getting a chilly advance reception at a school one might have expected to be friendlier turf: Brandeis University.62
The Rabbinical Council of America, centrist Orthodoxy’s largest rabbinic association, has officially shut the door on the idea of having women in the Orthodox rabbinate. Yet, female Orthodox religious leaders and some of their key supporters took heart from the vagueness of the resolution the group passed. The loopholes they saw in it gave them room to continue their work.16
The remarkable story of Helen Keller is well known. After losing both her hearing and sight at 19 months as the result of a fever, she went on to become perhaps the most influential crusader for individuals who are hearing and visually impaired.
The so-called Oprah Effect has worked its magic on a beauty company based in Tel Aviv.
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