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A Tale of Two New Years

15:38 11 January
By Gabriel Weinstein Optimism and excitement for the new year still permeate the crisp winter air as in the second week of 2011. Lofty New Years vows to cut down on late night snacks or quit watching reality TV shows are still manageable goals and

After Giffords Attack, Searching for Compassion

18:11 10 January
By Steven Philp Addressing nationwide concern for Representative Gabrielle Giffords, doctors have expressed hope for her recovery despite having suffered a gunshot wound to the head. According to an article posted by Haaretz, the bullet passed through the left side of the brain, including areas

My First Christmas, Again

14:49 29 December
by Steven Philp This past Saturday my family sat around the Christmas tree to unwrap presents. We have a particular system when it comes to opening gifts; it takes careful timing and distribution to make sure that each person has something to open, that no

Democracy and Religion Clash in Israel…Again

19:20 09 December
By Niv Elis and Sophie Taylor The latest clash of liberalism and religion in Israel accentuates the difficult dilemma of how a democracy deals with the illiberal extremes of its society.  It also shows that Israel’s democracy is still strong. It all started in the holy

Maccabeats Suffer “Wardrobe Malfunction”

12:55 07 December
By Doni Kandel The Yeshiva University Maccabeats, the university’s a capella group that has taken the United States by storm, received one of their first ugly lessons in stardom Monday morning. While taping a performance on the CBS Early Show, Maccabeats vocalist Nachum Joel suffered

The Seeds of the Future

14:35 02 December
By Daniel Kieval In the insightful children’s book Noah’s Wife, which provides a modern-day expansion of the Biblical story of Noah, the title character Naamah goes out and gathers seeds from every kind of plant while her husband is busy collecting all of the animals

Questioning the Merit of Faith

13:15 30 November
By Steven Philp Friday evening, nearly 3,000 people packed themselves in to the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, Canada to witness former-British Prime Minister Tony Blair and author Christopher Hitchens grapple with the merits of religion. The event was part of the Munk Debate series, organized

What Do Jews and Mormons Have in Common?

13:18 30 September
By Lisa Krysiak and Sala Levin An above-average knowledge of the “core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions,” according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center.  As a group, Jews came in second, averaging 20.5 correct answers out of 32 questions.

2010: The year the NBA went Jewish

12:12 03 September
By Sala Levin First there was Amare Stoudemire, the New York Knick who visited Israel this summer after learning he might be of Jewish heritage.  The strength of Stoudemire’s Jewish connection is unclear; he says he is “a Hebrew through [his] mother,” but the exact

A Polish Education

10:41 15 July
By Symi Rom-Rymer [vodpod id=ExternalVideo.957331&w=425&h=350&fv=embedReferer%3D%26embedPageUrl%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.bbc.co.uk%252Fnews%252F10271705%26widgetRevision%3D20677_21220%26legacyPlayerRevision%3D20573_21118%26config_settings_language%3Ddefault%26config_settings_skin%3Dsilver%26companionSize%3D300x60%26companionType%3Dadi%26preroll%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fad.doubleclick.net%252Fpfadx%252Fbbccom.live.site.news%252Fnews_europe_content%253Bslot%253Dcompanion%253Bsz%253D512x288%253Bsectn%253Dnews%253Bctype%253Dcontent%253Bnews%253Deurope%253Badsense_middle%253Dadsense_middle%253Badsense_mpu%253Dadsense_mpu%253Breferrer%253Dnonbbc%253Breferrer_domain%253D%253Brsi%253DJ08781_10055%253Brsi%253DJ08781_10083%253Brsi%253DJ08781_10126%253Brsi%253DJ08781_10139%253Brsi%253DJ08781_10153%253Brsi%253DJ08781_10170%253Brsi%253DJ08781_10189%253Brsi%253DJ08781_10191%253Bheadline%253Dcaringforpoland%252527sjewishgraves%253Btile%253D3%26config%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fnews.bbc.co.uk%252Fplayer%252Femp%252Fconfig%252Fdefault.xml%253F2_26_20959_21121_1_20100621093512%26domId%3Demp-10271705-5481%26playlist%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fplaylists.bbc.co.uk%252Fnews%252F10271705%252B%252Fplaylist.sxml%26size%3DFull%26holdingImage%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fnews.bbcimg.co.uk%252Fmedia%252Fimages%252F48026000%252Fjpg%252F_48026789_jex_716990_de34-1.jpg%26config_settings_autoPlay%3Dtrue%26config_settings_showPopoutButton%3Dfalse%26config_plugin_fmtjLiveStats_pageType%3Deav1%26config_plugin_fmtjLiveStats_edition%3DUS%26fmtjDocURI%3D%252Fnews%252F10271705%26companionId%3Dbbccom_companion_10271705%26config_settings_showShareButton%3Dtrue%26config_settings_showUpdatedInFooter%3Dtrue] BBC News – Poland asks prisoners to care for Je…, posted with vodpod Across Poland, a new form of Jewish remembrance is taking place.  Inmates from 10 different prisons are contributing their manpower to a country-wide effort to clean and