“At the end of the day, 850,000 Jews are now completely gone from the Arab countries. The only thing left is our dignity.”4
“When I go to the cemetery, in front of the tomb where all these destroyed Torahs are buried, I feel like I’m praying at the tomb of my ancestors.”
“They have no right to give it back, because it’s not theirs.”10
When my father was alive, I never gave him the love and respect he was due.
Not engaging with the Orthodox is to forfeit the ideological battle.
Rabbi Everett Gendler worked with Martin Luther King Jr., essentially invented Jewish environmentalism and has 38 tickets to Tanglewood this summer.
“Years before I could legally drive or vote, I completed a psychological gauntlet. It was my introduction to the stresses of adult life.
“Everything memorable — the invitations I wrote by hand; the bright-pink dress that my mother sewed for me; the food — was homemade.”3
“This most iconic ritual has very little basis in Jewish texts.”
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