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HOLIDAYS: THESE DAYS OF AWE
By Steven Schnur
It's the children, at first, that inspire awe, the infants now walking, the toddlers talking, the grade schoolers freshly combed and pressed, the high schoolers immense, the college students all but unrecognizable in their newfound sophistication. The brief span of twelve months has metamorphosed them all. They enter the sanctuary this Rosh Hashanah morning with an eye to audience and reunion, conscious, as at few other times, of their own growth and maturity, the oldest children flanking their parents with an air
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TONGUE TIED
By Leslie Snow
I long for the days when I had no problem using my sharp tongue to let everyone know I was offended. ...Full text
ANGRY
By Lawrence D. Gibson
I was on my way up the company ranks--that is, until they told me I couldn't hire Ms. Kline.
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DEFENDER
By Rebecca Snyder
I am glad to say
that I feel I have been
a loud and proud voice
for the Jewish faith.
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PRIDE & PREJUDICE
A discussion with Professor Sander L. Gilman on how to know when someone is engaging in antisemitism, responding to a remark...
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CONFRONTATION ON CAMPUS
By Josh Hamerman
How Jewish students are counteracting anti-Zionist and antisemitic factions on campus, and how to determine if a remark is antisemetic...
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THE STORY IS
NOT OURS

By Harold M. Schulweis
Ignorant of our sacred
story, we err in seeing
ourselves through
others' eyes.
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DISCUSSION GUIDE
By Alan Bennett

In this discussion guide
to "Navigating Antisemitic Encounters," Bennett
offers issue discussions, questions to ponder, and additional resources.
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QUIZ YOURSELF
By Rachel Ament
According to experts, what is the best way to confront an antisemitic remark in a social situation? Do you confront the offenders publicly? ...Full text

 
JEWISH EYES:
How Jews
Transformed Photography

By Rose Eichenbaum
Whereas in the first half of the twentieth century Jewish photographic
giants had achieved prominence by recording historical events and exposing injustice, in
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NEW JEW COOL
By Sue Fishkoff
Are the smart, articulate young men and women who are creating the new edgy Jewish culture rebel outcasts or future Jewish leaders? What it takes to turn Gen X'ers on to Judaism.
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WHAT'S COOKING?:
A Savory Sukkot

By Tina Wasserman
Known in the Torah as ha hag (the festival), Sukkot represents the last of the three harvest festivals in the Jewish calendar (Pesach and Shavuot are the others). The holiday occurs five days after Yom Kippur, the same time of year our ancestors made an annual pilgrimage to the Temple in ...Full text
 
SIGNIFICANT JEWISH BOOKS
Taking Stock
by Bonny V. Fetterman

American JudaismAmerican Judaism
As a graduate student thirty years ago, Jonathan Sarna recalls, a Jewish scholar tried to dissuade him from studying American Jewish history. "I'll tell you all that you need to know about American Jewish history," he railed. "The Jews came to America, they abandoned their faith, they began to live like goyim, and after a generation or two they intermarried and disappeared. All the rest is commentary." Fortunately, Sarna, today a leading authority on American Jewish history at Brandeis University,
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The Beggar King
and the Secret
of Happiness

The story of a storyteller who loses his voice sounds like the theme of a Hasidic tale or Zen parable--but this is the true story of Joel Ben Izzy, a professional storyteller in his mid-thirties whose vocal chords become paralyzed during surgery for thyroid cancer. Faced with the loss of his voice and livelihood, he sinks into depression, as do his wife and young children, who also grieve his sudden muteness.

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