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There is much hypocrisy (and irony) in the way that BDS supporters use Israeli technology in order to disseminate their baseless hatred of Israel. 

Poupko Seder Party

Pesach expresses the essential foundation of Jewishness. As time goes on it becomes ever more compelling that Jewish national history begins in each family, and begins at a family meal and not in a national assembly. Sinai has to wait for the Jewish family.


While the youngest at your seder will ask the four traditional questions, here are four other big questions for us to think about while breaking matzah.    

The recent wave of bomb threats targeting JCCs, organizations, and Jewish schools, coupled with a spike of anti-Semitic vandalism and leafleting -- has shaken our well-deserved sense of communal security. 

Israel's once-secret operation to care for victims of Syria's war


The discord sweeping the country has inspired many of us to speak out. Staying silent, as the Jewish people know all too well, can lead to danger. And thank God, we--both as Jews and as Americans--have the right to make our voices heard.  But all the unrest has led


The Jewish people, out of their very experience and being, know that the ultimate plight of the refugee is abandonment. The opposite of abandonment is love. The Torah commands: Love the refugee.

 The new year is in full swing, and I see newly engaged couples everywhere, exuding romance and optimism as they look forward to married life. They have no idea what they are in for.  


 During those intense years of early motherhood, when my other new mom friends and I gave and gave and then gave some more, we were laying the foundation for friendships that were so close they grew into love. 


 The Talmud tells Jewish parents that one of our main obligations to our children is to teach them how to swim. This instruction is both literal and metaphorical, conveying that it’s our duty to ensure our kids know how to survive in the world without us. 

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