Columns & Views

True or false? Test your Hanukkah knowledge

True or false? Test your Hanukkah knowledge

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Jewish Sound Columnist Dear Rivy, Two issues, both Hanukkah related. Every year we host our family’s Hanukkah party, which is lovely and we are happy to do it. Issue number one: I feel as if most of my family knows nothing about what Hanukkah is really about other than latkes and(…)

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Let us reconnect

Federation CEO Keith Dvorchik echoed many of my feelings in his recent column (“As we mourn, let us stop the divisiveness about Israel,” Nov. 21). We, the Jewish people, are 0.2 percent of the world’s population. In today’s world, however, it’s easy to feel close only to those Jews who are like us, rather than(…)

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The doctor with the heart of gold

The doctor with the heart of gold

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent Each year, many heart disease patients in the U.S. and around the world die waiting for a heart transplant because there are just not enough organ donors to serve all of the patients on waiting lists. Tissue engineering is now becoming a real option for patients and ongoing research(…)

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To security officials, Chabad attack underscores importance of preparedness

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — The stabbing of a rabbinical student at Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in New York underscores three things that Jewish security officials have been urging in recent years: Be alert for copycats, cooperate with law enforcement, and don’t stay away from shul. American Jewish community officials have been(…)

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In the actors’ studio (and behind the scenes) with the Jewish Transcript

In the actors’ studio (and behind the scenes) with the Jewish Transcript

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Correspondent “It’s an interesting lens of the 20th century, but through the eyes of one world,” says Laura Ferri, director of “Letters to the Editor,” Book-It Repertory Theatre’s performance that brings our state’s Jewish community to life on the stage — through the pages of this very newspaper. “‘Letters to(…)

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The first and future Thanksgiving

The first and future Thanksgiving

By Rabbi Seth Goldstein, Special to JTNews One of my challenges as a rabbi is to make Judaism relevant across demographics. Part of the challenge comes from the fact that what necessitates how we teach Judaism to kids is different than how we teach Judaism to adults. And very often I find that people who(…)

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Members of the poetry tribe

Members of the poetry tribe

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist Happy Jewish Book Month to writers and readers everywhere! I decided to reach out to Merna Ann Hecht after the Seattle Times did a lovely profile of her and her poem that won a place in the King County Metro poetry on buses competition. As co-founder and co-director of(…)

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As we mourn, let us stop the divisiveness about Israel

As we mourn, let us stop the divisiveness about Israel

By Keith Dvorchik, Special to the Jewish Sound I read with horror this week about the attack in a synagogue in Israel that left five dead, many injured, and millions of Jews around the world demoralized and shaken. How did we arrive at such a place when the vicious murders we have seen in the(…)

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Thanksgiving at the Harris home: Norman Rockwell it ain’t

Thanksgiving at the Harris home: Norman Rockwell it ain’t

By Ed Harris A Jewish friend of mine once described Thanksgiving as his favorite holiday. He said Thanksgiving is the only celebration of the season that serves to unite people of all faiths, unlike Christmas and Hanukkah, which are drawn from entirely different religious traditions. In making this assessment, however, my friend was not familiar(…)

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A personal account of the terror in Har Nof

A personal account of the terror in Har Nof

By Tziporah Heller Dear friends, Yesterday at about 7 a.m. my daughter Miri called. “Mordechai just came home from shul. He said that Arabs came in and are shooting, and that a man with an axe is hitting everyone. Some of the people threw chairs at them, but it didn’t help.” The 12 year old(…)

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Op-Ed: Centralizing authority on conversions hurts converts

Op-Ed: Centralizing authority on conversions hurts converts

By Avi Weiss and Marc Angel NEW YORK (JTA) — The Israeli government recently moved to decentralize the conversion system by allowing local courts to convert individuals on their own. Ironically, as Israel moves away from centralization, here in America the Rabbinical Council of America is enthusiastically embracing it. The modern Orthodox rabbinical organization recently(…)

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