Author: Sala Levin

The Case for Alan Gross

16:30 05 December in Culture, topics
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by Maddie Ulanow Alan Gross is a 60-year-old resident of Potomac, Maryland, a quiet Washington suburb with a thriving Jewish community. A father of two and local synagogue member, Gross is also a specialist in helping obtain satellite signals in remote locations. His background in rural...

Boker Tov!

11:10 02 December in Culture

It's Friday! Let's celebrate the arrival of the weekend with this video of New York Knick Amar'e Stoudemire teaching us about the word "tov" on Shalom Sesame. Also, just for fun, with this late-but-still-amazing picture of Stoudemire in his Halloween costume. Yes, he is King...

Why Pray?

16:48 01 December in Religion

by Emily Goldberg Judaism is ever-evolving, a religion that has for centuries faced the challenges of modernization. With young people steering these new paths, our religion has undergone some drastic changes in order to stay relevant in today's world. Despite the radical changes, such as the...

O Come, All Ye Chosen

15:38 18 November in Culture

Mid-November means that it's officially pumpkin spice latte and peppermint mocha season at Starbucks. (What, you don't measure time by the seasonal offerings of national coffee chains? You don't know what you're missing.) That also means that it's time for the Starbucks holiday cups, those...

Go East, Mr. President

17:31 17 November in Politics

by Maddie Ulanow We’ve passed the first two weeks of November, and the 2012 presidential elections are now just a year away. It seems the campaign is already in full swing, and Israel is already an issue on the table; Republicans are scrambling to defend it...

The Goldstone Saga

11:55 15 November in Politics, topics
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by Erica Shaps Every year at Brandeis University there is at least one Israel/Palestine-related event that lights a fire under the campus. My freshman year, it was a well-publicized and well-attended debate between Justice Richard Goldstone and former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Dore Gold...

Rav Kook Meets Jazz

12:52 09 November in Culture

by Matt Ponak It was a cold wintry day during Hannukah of 2007 when I first met Rabbi Itzchak Marmorstein. While I was visiting a professor in the Canadian Rocky Mountains with a few other people, Itzchak  was passing through the area. He led us in...