Columns & Views

Suicide in Jewish tradition

By Rabbi Jaron Matlow, Special to The Jewish Sound In the last few years, the  ugly specter of suicide has  popped up twice in my extended family. In both instances, thank God, the  attempts were unsuccessful. Both were cases of despondency  over poor health and fear of  the unknown given the  health situations. Suicide is(…)

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Background checks make sense

Those of us who support I-594 (background checks for most gun sales) realize that it is not a cure-all for our country’s gun problem. It is better than doing nothing, however. As mentioned in your June 27 article (“Jews and guns: What’s our responsibility?”), when Missouri rescinded its background check law, gun violence increased dramatically.(…)

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Score one for “The cause”

Are there readers of the JTNews who think that the recent kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers on a hike will hurt the “Palestinian cause”? If so, they should think again. Killers, like other people, follow the news. They know that every new act of terror, the more barbaric the better, is interpreted by(…)

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Disturbed

I’m terribly disturbed by a second article written by Janis Siegel about a young Jewish man accused of “inappropriate communication with a minor.” (“Judge grants continuance to August in Varon case,” June 13). How insensitive and callous to villainize and embarrass a young man before the court’s verdict as to his guilt or innocence. You(…)

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A taste of Argentina in Seattle

A taste of Argentina in Seattle

By Michael Natkin, Jewish Sound Columnist Chimichurri is the quintessential sauce of Argentina, and deserves to be better known in the northerly climes. It is somewhat like an Italian pesto, but made from parsley, and without the cheese or nuts to thicken it. Like pesto, it comes together in a food processor with just a(…)

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Don’t give BDS the credit it doesn’t deserve

Don’t give BDS the credit it doesn’t deserve

By David Shayne, Special to the Jewish Sound A while back, I heard Palestinian academic Nadia Elia brag that the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is so effective that Israel’s very existence is threatened. “Empty bravado from the side that is clearly losing,” I thought. Afterward, I heard some pro-Israel activists make similar statements. Then,(…)

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Op-Ed: The Presbyterians’ Judaism problem

Op-Ed: The Presbyterians’ Judaism problem

By Gary M. Bretton-Granatoor, JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) — The Jewish world has been shaken by the decision of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to divest from three companies that it claims “further the Israeli occupation of Palestine.” The denomination has placed itself squarely on the side of the divestment movement that seeks(…)

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Alleged friends

Shoshana Wineburg’s impassioned plea for “transparency” regarding BDS and other issues germane to the Israel-Palestinian conflict in her open letter to Ari Shavit (June 13) begs an obvious question: Short of unconditional surrender to Mahmoud Abbas and his kleptocratic Palestinian Authority, when might we expect some transparency on the part of Ms. Wineburg and her(…)

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Speak for yourself

This is in response to Shoshana Wineburg’s open letter to Ari Shavit of June 13. I am a Millennial. I have been on Birthright and formed lasting friendships. I have participated in the full range of Jewish observance, from Reform to Orthodox, and have invested much personal time and effort studying the histories of our(…)

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Misplaced priorities

Asher A. Nov’s letter (“The Greatest Sin?” June 13th) decrying the JTNews’s reporting of the facts surrounding the Eli Varon case displays an unfortunate corruption of priorities. Janis Siegel did not humiliate anybody. She reported the facts of an important case that deals with an issue that our community must honestly confront. The charges being(…)

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A long line of leaders

After reading the recent opinion piece by Rabbi Oren Hayon (“How much have we lost?” May 30) about the divisive BDS debate at the UW, I’m struck by the strong, thoughtful, effective leadership we enjoy and have enjoyed at our Hillel. Rabbi Hayon didn’t fully describe the important strategic role he played in coordinating campus(…)

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Six action items to #bringbackourboys

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Jewish Sound Columnist Dear Rivy, I know there seems to be no shortage of awful things that happen to us Jews, and maybe on some level we should get used to it. As I read about anti-Jewish activities in France for example, I confess — I sometimes just glaze over. I(…)

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Ten things you might not know about the Ten Commandments

By Rabbi Bruce Kadden, Temple Beth El Earlier this month we celebrated Shavuot, the holiday of “matan Torah,” the “giving” or “gift” of Torah. It had special meaning for our family this year because our first grandchild, Matan Aviv Ballon, was born on May 5, which was not only Cinco de Mayo, but the fifth(…)

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Mein Yiddishe Papa: In defense of dad

Mein Yiddishe Papa: In defense of dad

By Ed Harris Households across America this month celebrated Father’s Day. June, with its “Dads and Grads,” is probably a great month for Hallmark, especially now that most of humanity has embraced Facebook as a way to offer free birthday congratulations, a transgression I have committed more than a few times myself. You can get(…)

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Gray and white matters: Mapping autism in the brain

Gray and white matters: Mapping autism in the brain

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Columnist As part of his U. S. brain initiative in 2014, President Obama visited Israel and learned about groundbreaking brain research developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers. This is part one of a two-part look at some of those technologies. He’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s resident warrior(…)

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