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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

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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

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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.  

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 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. 

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 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. 

He had no concept of himself as a special person. He told me repeatedly that he didn’t understand why I was wasting so much of my time interviewing him. I knew he was a great man, a great rabbi, but he didn’t believe it for a second.

You don't know when or where you're going to meet; you simply need to have faith you will find each other.

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Six-year-old Shahed and 4-year-old Inas were severely injured when a tank destroyed their Syrian home.

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