By Rabbi David Kudan, 11/12/2013
As you’ve undoubtedly heard, the Jewish calendar and the secular calendar offer a strange convergence in the United States this year as Hanukkah and Thanksgiving coincide. The Jewish media has been full of humorous articles about combined menus (like this one from Jewish cooking expert Tina Wasserman) featuring foods like latkes with cranberry sauce, and the term “Thanksgivukkah” has been coined to describe the merged holiday.
While this is all in good fun, perhaps we should take another look at the two holidays to determine whether they ought to be merged – or if this mixing of... Read More
By David Stanley, 11/11/2013
Baseball’s history is filled with Jewish players of all stripes. There’s the sublime: Al Rosen’s 1953 season with the Cleveland Indians was “the greatest of all-time by a third baseman,” according to baseball writer Bill James. There’s the mundane: Joe Ginsburg played for seven major-league teams, his only real claim to fame that he caught one of Virgil Trucks’s two no-hitters. There’s the undercover: Moe Berg was a marginal catcher who was also a spy for the Office of Strategic Services, a WWII-era intelligence agency. There’s the comedic: The Washington Senators’ Al Schacht was known as the... Read More
By Abby Levine, 11/06/2013
As the United States continues to struggle with a broken immigration system, six members of the House of Representatives with Jewish backgrounds are sharing their family's immigration stories. By sharing their stories, these Congresspeople are humanizing the issue of immigration and reminding us of the values at the foundation of American society.
Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) completed a survey on how their family immigrated and their thoughts on the current... Read More
By Howard J. Herman, 11/05/2013
In Parashah Vayeitzei, Jacob names the place of his famous dream Beth El, House of God, because he senses God’s presence there. As a member of Temple Beth-El of Great Neck for 31 years, I find myself asking whether I have found God’s presence at my Beth-El.
I have long been a skeptic regarding the existence of God. Although my family identified strongly as Jews, we did not speak about God or attend services together. By the time I was 15 years old, I had left the Conservative congregation where became a bar mitzvah; eighteen years would pass before I would join Temple Beth-El of Great Neck... Read More
By Steven Chaitman, 10/31/2013
When I graduated college, I really wasn't ready for what would come next.
I entered the University of Missouri in 2005 eager to be certified as a professional writer by the best journalism school in the country; I left Mizzou in 2009 with as much a sense of direction as the struggling field I was newly qualified to work in and hoping to find a job just months into the worst economic downturn since an era I had to read about in history textbooks because my grandparents were barely old enough to remember it.
I had also made entering the prospective working world as challenging as possible... Read More