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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


Could 'Framework' Offer Elusive Breakthrough as Peace Talks Sputter?

By J.J. Goldberg

Most see only gloom in the sputtering Mideast peace talks. So why does Israeli security insider Ami Ayalon see the upcoming peace ‘framework’ as a game-changer?Read More


'Princeton Mom' Susan Patton Is Back — and She's Not All Wrong

By Elissa Strauss

‘Princeton mom’ Susan Patton has been bashed for calling on young women to find a good hubby in college. Elissa Strauss says the book is off base, but not as much as you think.Read More


Only One Way To Change Hillel: Leave

By Jay Michaelson

Student outrage over Hillel’s Israel guidelines is laudable but pointless, writes Jay Michaelson. The institution only cares what its donors think — so the only way to make a mark is to leave.Read More


Enough Room for Two Peoples in Holy Land

By Amitai Etzioni

Ari Shavit’s ‘My Promised Land’ rests on the premise that Jews forced Palestinians off their land to found Israel. Amitai Etzioni says that simply isn’t the case.Read More


Why Vladimir Putin Will Keep Playing Jewish Card in Ukraine Crisis

By David E. Fishman

The Kremlin has spent most of the past week slamming supposed anti-Semitism in Ukraine. It’s a clever ploy, David Fishman writes — and it’s not over by a long shot.Read More


Leaving the Ultra-Orthodox World — With No Other Choice

By Yakir Englander

Not everyone leaves the ultra-Orthodox world because they want to rebel. Some seek a way to keep their Jewish spirituality alive, writes Yakir Englander.Read More





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