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My wife and I moved from Providence, Rhode Island, to Israel with our three small children in 2004. With the Second Intifada still raging, “timing” wasn’t one of our strong points. However, relatively quickly after our arrival in Jerusalem, Yasser Arafat died, and the Second Intifada ran out of steam.

So, for the last 14 years, although there have been ups and downs, overall, we have been happy with our decision to make aliyah (move to Israel to live) and to raise our children as Israelis. Albeit, there have been many times when we did enact the “PR machine” to justify to our...

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The flu is widespread, across 49 US states right now. Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that’s the first time that’s happened in their 13 years of tracking the flu.  – IFLScience.com

We are in the midst of a remarkably nasty flu season right now. It has not reached pandemic levels, but we are still in the midst of flu season. This flu is killing not only infants and...

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This Valentine’s Day, we must talk about consent.

We have a cultural problem. It’s time to face the reality that we can’t talk about consent without talking about sex. The inability of society to talk openly and honestly about consensual sex makes it even more difficult to talk about nonconsensual sex and isolates us in our experiences.

Often, we aren’t comfortable having necessary conversations, even with our partners, because sex and desire are still so taboo. Consent is a continuous effort to have a positive, healthy intimate experience. Thinking about it shouldn’t...

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Single layer chocolate cake with colorful sprinkles sitting on a plate atop a table covered in confetti

Jewish chocoholics, rejoice! We've rounded up our best, chocolatiest recipes, all with Jewishly inspired origins, for you to whip up in your own kitchen. Whether you bring them to the office to share or keep them all yourself, we know you'll love these seven chocolaty options.  

1. Israeli Birthday Cake

Every birthday deserves a great cake, and this iconic, cocoa-based, richly iced, cake known as ugat yomledet (birthday cake) fits the bill – for a birthday or any festive other celebration. The...

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Senator Tammy Duckworth greets smiling advocates in attendance at Jewish Disability Advocacy Day in Washington DC

At this year's Jewish Disability Advocacy Day (JDAD), more than 200 disability rights advocates and Jewish leaders came to Capitol Hill to push legislators to support crucial health care and education services for people with disabilities. The day's speakers highlighted the experiences and activism of the disability justice community across the country, particularly in light of recent attacks on Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.

I found JDAD to be an incredibly humbling and empowering day.

Ari Ne'eman, advisor to the American Civil...

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