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HIGH STAKES GAMBLE
By David Saperstein
The fence is a high-stakes gamble, offering both enormous promise and risk. On the one hand, it offers the promise of both...
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BARRIERS: The Lessons of History
By Dewey Browder
Ever since the beginning of civilization, men have built barriers to keep their enemies out. The first towns relied on walls for protection, and as...
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SAVING
LIVES

By Daniel Taub
The suicide bomber who blew up the number 14 bus in Jerusalem yesterday [February 22, 2004], murdering 8 people, and wounding...
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BACK IN
THE GHETTO

By Sarah Ozacky-Lazar
I'll spill it right away: I oppose the erection of a wall in the heart of my country and so close to my home. I reject its high cost, and I detest...
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DEPENDENT
NO MORE

By Dan Schueftan
Israel's fence is vital, and inevitable. It is vital because Israel needs to cut itself off--not only from Palestinian terrorism, which has devastated...
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ABSURDITY,
NOT SECURITY

By Meir Pa'il
The construction of an approximately 400-mile security barrier between the "West Bank" (Judea and Samaria) and the State of Israel...
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THE FENCE DISCUSSION GUIDE
By Yonatan Glaser


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WARNING
SIGN

By Yehoyada Amir
Given our reality, building a security fence between Israel and the Palestinians is tactically necessary. And we Israelis are not alone.
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JEWISH EYES:
How Jews
Transformed Photography

By Rose Eichenbaum
Among the visionary pioneers of photography, many were Jewish. In striving for tikkun olam, they raised photo making
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LIFELINES
By Lynne Landsberg
In the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury, a community of faith gave me the strength -- the resilience -- to rebuild my life. ....Full text

 
THE PRESENT
PARENT

An interview with clinical psychologist Dr. Wendy Mogel about what children want most from parents today,
what stands in the way of parents giving children what they crave, and what lessons Judaism can teach us about being present for our children. ....Full text

 

WHAT'S COOKING?:
Benjamin D'Acosta & The Chocolate Factory

By Tina Wasserman
How 17th and 18th-century Sephardim changed the history of chocolate. Plus 3 recipes -- Budino Cioccolato, Roulage Leontine, and Mustacchioni.
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SIGNIFICANT JEWISH BOOKS
Text and Textures of Jewish Life
by Bonny V. Fetterman

Reading the
Women of the Bible

The fact that biblical society was patriarchal--that women were totally dependent on male heads of households--is old news, argues Tikva Frymer-Kensky in her study of women in the Bible. The Bible did not invent patriarchy, or slavery; they were simply "givens" of the ancient world. Yet within that context, stories about women serve a definite and deliberate function. A society is judged--and, in this case, judges itself--by its treatment of its most vulnerable members. Stories about women in...

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Scattered Among
the Peoples

"Normally, I would not have attended morning synagogue services on Tisha B'Av," writes Allan Levine, but when he finds himself close to the site of the old ghetto in Venice, he cannot resist attending services at one of Venice's oldest synagogues. As he joins the men sitting on the floor (a traditional practice on this fast day), he reflects on the resilience of Jewish identity: "I may have spoken a different language and belonged to a foreign culture, but as Jews the bond between us was old and strong."
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