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.
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.
Mass murderers have been in the news recently. In the United States and England, they were remembered with revulsion. In Hebron, one was elected mayor.
Government power comes at the cost of personal liberty, but sometimes we willingly sacrifice certain freedoms hoping to receive, in exchange, things like security and stability.
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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.
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.
When the word maharat is typed into the search box on the Orthodox Union’s (OU) webpage, the message “no results found” comes up. The same thing happens if the search term is “women clergy.”
I walk into a packed shulon a Saturday evening. At least 200 people are listening to a rabbi with a slightly crumpled hat and a long white beard. He radiates both gentleness and the aura of a true believer. His hands are waving as he exclaims in a Russian accent, “The first thing we need to do is hijack a plane!”
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.
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