Remember This Moment — This is History

Written by Rabbi Joel and Aviva Tessler on . Posted in Op-Ed

Our instructions were to arrive at Teddy Kollek Stadium in Jerusalem. From the moment we boarded buses to the new U.S. Embassy, the collective excitement and anticipation was clear. Just being on a bus with Natan Sharansky sitting a few seats away was exhilarating. We could have stayed on the bus for hours and it would have been enough for us (dayenu!).

Netanyahu, Iran, and the Art of the Nuclear Deal

Written by Editor on . Posted in Op-Ed

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s press conference, in which he revealed that Israel had snatched from under the noses of the Iranians thousands of files outlining Tehran’s secret nuclear program prior to 2015, was certainly a tour de force. Whether it will result in the complete scrapping of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, formally known by its cumbersome title, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, is an entirely different matter.

Arming Teachers Isn’t a Bad Idea

Written by David Kravitz on . Posted in Op-Ed

Arming teachers with guns may not be the best solution to preventing school shootings, but it certainly isn’t a bad idea. And be sure — the people who reject the idea outright are more preoccupied with banning guns than they are in addressing violence.

Recent Shabbaton Demonstrates the Impact of Inclusion in Halachic Discourse

Written by Editor on . Posted in Op-Ed

When I was in my early twenties, living in another city and becoming increasingly Jewishly observant, I looked to the Orthodox Jewish community for ways to participate, yet found few opportunities for women to be included in discourse on Halacha (Jewish law). I am grateful that I moved to Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah in Potomac, Maryland, 11 years ago with my husband, Rabbi Nissan Antine, and our first child, where I found a vibrant Jewish community full of diverse Jewish learning opportunities for both women and men.

Empower the Disabled Community and See Our Mutual Value

Written by Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi on . Posted in Op-Ed

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. This year it falls out as we are learning about Moses, who had the disability of a speech impediment yet was one of our most important leaders. We are also learning this month that Jews of every ability were at Mount Sinai to receive the Torah.

GW ‘Joins the Jackals’ in Passing BDS Bill

Written by Jackson Richman on . Posted in Op-Ed

George Washington would be ashamed of the students at his namesake university who called Monday evening for the university’s administration to divest from Israel, the Jewish State and only true democracy in the Middle East.

Arm Teachers? Thanks but No Thanks

Written by Lindsay Ceresnie on . Posted in Op-Ed

Being a teacher means much more than educating students. In addition to creating and implementing lessons and providing feedback on students’ work, we are responsible for maintaining detailed records, managing behavior, seeking out resources when students’ basic needs go unmet, attending data meetings, and completing ongoing professional development. The list of our official and unofficial duties is seemingly unending.

Seeing the Best of a Community

Written by Karen and Jeff Wasserstein on . Posted in Op-Ed

“Speak little. Do much.” (Pirkei Avot 1:15) — these words aptly describe many of the people we have met and interacted with during our years chairing the Kemp Mill Synogogue (KMS) Tzedakah Committee in Silver Spring, Maryland. We have had the honor of serving on the KMS Tzedakah Fund for the past 12 years, and as we step down, we wanted to give the community a picture of how much care and love we got to see behind the scenes.

The Masks We Wear

Written by Editor on . Posted in Op-Ed

There is no holiday like Purim. Not only is it a mitzvah to be happy, when you think about it, Purim is also the only holiday in the Jewish tradition where it is permitted, even compulsory, to drink and be silly.