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'Parenthood' Reveals Enduring Value of Brotherly (or Sisterly) Love

By Elissa Strauss

‘Parenthood’ explores the blend of deep inconvenience and absolute relief of being bound to others. Because nobody knows us deeper, and longer, than our siblings.Read More


Why Did Nate Silver Hire Climate Change Skeptic To Cover Environment?

By J.J. Goldberg

Nate Silver is all about the facts, right? So why did everyone’s favorite geek hire a climate change skeptic to cover the environment on his new blog, J.J. Goldberg asks.Read More


Partnership Minyan and the Egalitarian Threat

By Aurora Mendelsohn

Partnership minyanim offer Orthodox women a leading role. Aurora Mendelsohn explores why rabbis are pushing back against these new egalitarian forms of prayer.Read More


Israel Makes Some Headway at U.N.

By Joseph Potasnik

We’re used to hearing that Israel is being marginalized at the United Nations. But Joseph Potasnik says Israel is making important progress at the international body.Read More


Bernie Madoff, Our Convenient Scapegoat

By Jay Michaelson

Bernie Madoff is not a victim, but he is a scapegoat. It’s easier to blame one thief than to wrap our minds around a corrupt system of hyper-capitalism, writes Jay Michaelson.Read More


A Shabbat Lesson From Doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — or Not

By Eliyahu Fink

What is the lesson of the story that a Jewish passenger skipped doomed Malaysia Airlines flight on Shabbat? Nothing, says Eliyahu Fink, if we take our precepts seriously.Read More


Embracing 'Otherhood'

By Melanie Notkin

An increasing number of women are entering their 40s without having found a mate. Despite yearnings for motherhood, Melanie Notkin finds these women, like her, are embracing the lives they have.Read More


The Spiritual Advisor Students Need (Hint: It's Not Campus Rabbi Anymore)

By Ellen Bernstein

When Ellen Bernstein’s title was changed from ‘rabbi’ to ‘adviser for identity and praxis,’ some saw it as an attempt to take the Judaism out of the job. But she embraced it.Read More


Making Ritual for Ourselves

By Leonard Fein

Does it matter if we invent ritual, asks Leonard Fein. Let people find comfort where they can, and bless the ones who are lucky enough or clever enough or wise enough to find it.Read More


Why Recognizing Israel as 'Jewish State' Is Key to Peace

By David Hazony

The most important issue in the Middle East peace talks is finally on the table. Palestinians must recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state if the conflict is to end, David Hazony writes.Read More





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