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The Blogs Weekly Highlights
Choice Voices for the Week of
Thursday, September 9, 2021
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This sabbatical year, the politicians are giving the land (dispute) a rest
By putting aside the deeply divisive question of final borders, the ‘Change Government’ is finding plenty of common ground
First hush, then listen, then change
Sivan Rahav Meir
When we spend our time arguing politics and worrying about the suffering across the globe, we risk being all talk. Real change comes with our own self-improvement
The abortion I had while a rabbinical student was a sacred choice
As Jews, the Texas abortion ban violates our religious freedom, which demands that we have access to abortion care when it is needed and wanted
How do I tell my unvaccinated friends they’re not invited?
Elizabeth Brenner Danziger
Will they think I am judging them for not getting the jab? Well, I do judge them a little, but that’s not the reason I’m not inviting them.
I haven’t repented. Can I come into the king?
At a human coronation, subjects stand in their thousands, faceless, but we pass before God one by one, subject to His scrutiny. What if we’re not prepared?
My synagogue has no mask mandate. I’m brokenhearted.
After open-heart surgery, my doctors insist I attend Rosh Hashanah services only if all are masked. My longtime shul opted not to make it happen
Why centrist Orthodox living doesn’t make good TV
This year has taught us the importance of taking responsibility for our own vigilance, so that when things go wrong, we ask not, ’where was God,’ but, ’where are we?’
Idit Shafran Gittleman
The silence of the commanders
An ugly, false and increasingly widespread claim chalks up an IDF soldier’s death to overly stringent open-fire orders. Why isn’t the army setting the record straight?
Daphne Lazar Price
American Orthodox rabbis: The complicity of silence
One of my very first acts as executive director of JOFA back in February of 2019 was to help draft and issue a statement on behalf of the organization applauding the New York State Legislature on the passage of the Reproductive Health Act. For those who may not remember, this law protects health care providers and ensures and safeguards protections for the life and health of a pregnant woman at any stage of her pregnancy. JOFA’s position is aligned with my own, namely that women and couples should consult...
Why a High Holidays prayer book is still going strong after 70 years
With so much rapid changes in today’s world, the things that stay the same provide solace; for many, the Birnbaum machzor has long been one of them
Finding a place for my stuff
Studying a page of Talmud each day wasn’t going to making moving house easy, but Tractate Sukkah did show me how to dwell temporarily in a place
The Rosh Hashanah when things went wrong and turned out right
The day’s events threw a Lubavitcher Hasid, a Bedouin soldier, and me together so we could each do some good, and I was sure our encounters weren’t by chance
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Kenneth L. Marcus
If you are going to spell it ‘antisemitism,’ then remove the hyphen from ‘anti-Zionism’
That hyphen wrongly suggests that those who oppose Zionism are against what it really is, as opposed to what they imagine it to be
Tikkun olam begins at home
When I started working for a cause I knew intimately, fundraising stopped being a night out and became my own chance to repair the world
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