Travel in the Service of Dictators

Written by Rafael Medoff on . Posted in Features

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman traveled to North Korea earlier this month, to meet with dictator Kim Jong-un, whom Rodman has called his “friend for life.” Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, for his part, has just returned from the Palestinian Authority-controlled territories, where he had only nice things to say about that totalitarian regime. And a delegation of prominent American wrestlers recently competed in a tournament in Iran, where they tweeted excitedly about the “warm reception” with which the regime greeted them.

Kids Kicking Cancer

Written by Fran Kritz on . Posted in Features

Some of the most effective non-profits in the world were started by people who turned their pain into light for others. That’s certainly the case with Kids Kicking Cancer, started in 1998 by Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg of Detroit, Michigan after his two-year-old daughter died of leukemia.

Working to End Domestic Abuse

Written by Hanni Werner on . Posted in Features

JCADA strengthens our community by discreetly and respectfully empowering some of its most vulnerable members.

In their 16 years working with victims of domestic abuse, the staff at Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) have heard many tragic stories. But in some cases, the most insidious abuse is found in the most unassuming details.

Maintaining Our Intellectual Fitness

Written by Rabbi Jonathan Gross on . Posted in Features

The word robot was coined by the Czech playwright Karel Capek in 1920. It comes from the root robota, which means labor. Robots are made to assist us in our labors so we don’t need to break a sweat. But today people are concerned that as smarter robots are doing more of our jobs, there won’t be anything left for people to do.

Judaism and the Death Penalty

Written by Jackson Richman on . Posted in Features

Last month, the state of Arkansas executed four inmates in eight days in what one CNN report referred to as a “frantic schedule.” The explanation? The state’s supply of a sedative used for lethal injections was going to expire at the end of April.

Why Millennials Love Shabbat

Written by Rabbi Yosef Edelstein on . Posted in Features

Shabbat: we know it well. It’s our holy day of rest, a sign of the covenant between G-d and the Jewish people, and a time to reconnect with our families and communities after a long and busy work week. It is truly a gift that keeps on giving week after week and many of us couldn’t imagine our lives without it.