• Op-Ed: Rethinking the Ruth-Naomi relationship

    An editor of Jewish Women International’s “Rethinking Shavuot: Women, Relationships & Jewish Texts” looks at the dynamics of what appears to be an unhealthy, possibly abusive, relationship between Ruth and mother-in-law Naomi. More ▸

  • Op-Ed: Netanyahu must take a page from Sadat

    NEW YORK (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is correct to describe a new proposal by the Arab League to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks as “a very big step forward.” Yet there will be no serious movement toward peace until Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responds to the Arab League initiative by evoking… More ▸

  • Op-Ed: Time to replace programmatic model of Jewish affiliation

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) — It’s that time of year, when Jewish institutions pull out their 2013-14 calendars and fill them with events. Many of the programs are very good, with clever names and slick marketing: Jews and Brews, for young Federation leadership; L’mazeltov, for expectant parents; Torah and Tacos, for synagogue members who favor a… More ▸

  • Op-Ed: Time to replace programmatic model of Jewish affiliation

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) — It’s that time of year, when Jewish institutions pull out their 2013-14 calendars and fill them with events. Many of the programs are very good, with clever names and slick marketing: Jews and Brews, for young Federation leadership; L’mazeltov, for expectant parents; Torah and Tacos, for synagogue members who favor a… More ▸

  • Op-Ed: How shmitta can help us kick the consumerist habit

    For many Jews, religious practice is just one more thing to do, like going to the gym or the movies. Educator Sarah Chandler writes that the ancient practice of shmitta offers some guidance on how to change that. More ▸

  • Op-Ed: For Carmen, preserve Jewish heritage in Egypt

    If we redouble our efforts to preserve and protect the Jewish heritage of Egypt, it will be a blessing for Carmen Weinstein, the late head of the country’s Jewish community who toiled in that effort, an American Jewish Committee official writes. More ▸

  • Op-Ed: Don’t ruin Robinson’s Arch

    A lifelong Conservative Jew hopes the plan to expand egalitarian prayer at Robinson’s Arch doesn’t end up ruining the area’s serene and spiritual nature. More ▸

  • In Germany, some closure for the son of survivors

    For the son of Holocaust survivors, a business trip to Germany turns out to be an act of closure for his personal history that he says even his parents would have understood. More ▸