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Posts Tagged ‘essay’

Essay: Lessons Learned From Receiving

One annoying thing about being a writer is that when you’re in the middle of experiencing something, there’s always going to be people saying to you “Well, now you’ll have something new to write about!” Even more annoying: They’re right! I recently had a painful surgery (all better now though, yay!) and decided to share…

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Temple Israel women’s mission participants at the gates of Auschwitz.

On Redemption

Temple Israel women’s mission to Eastern Europe spurs reflections, connection. Rabbis Jen Kaluzny and Jen Lader Special to the Jewish News Several weeks ago, we stood at the waters of Birkenau and said Kaddish next to a pond where the ashes of a half-million of our people were cast away. Then we found redemption in…

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Essay: There’s Nothing New About this Wave of Anti-Semitism

Linda Laderman Since 11 Jews were murdered on Nov. 4 at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood in Pittsburgh, it seems like every media outlet has a theory as to why anti-Semitism is on the rise. The reporting is non-stop, from in-depth analyses in the New York Times of the psychology…

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chalk writing on a sidewalk reading "#Love one another" #loveoneanother

Essay: Hate

Maya Angelou once said, “Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but it has not solved one yet.” There is so much truth in that quote. That truth continues to prove itself century after century. Currently, it feels as if hate is more prominent in the world than love. When will…

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Morris Tobocman, seated on the left, and his wife, Anna, standing behind him

Essay: Would My Grandfather Be Allowed into the U.S. Today? Would Yours?

About a century ago, my grandfather Morris Tobocman immigrated to Detroit from Poland to pursue the American Dream. He had almost no formal education, arrived penniless and knew no English. Like so many immigrants, he worked with his hands (originally as a tinsmith) and did well enough to put two sons through architecture school at…

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No Hate spelled out in Scrabble letters

Essay: Our Lens Post-Oct. 27, 2018

With fresh wounds in our hearts over the recent tragedy in Pittsburgh, how can American Jews ever see things the same from now on? How can we not view the future a bit differently or look to the past and not re-examine acts of anti-Semitism or the silence of those who tolerated it? Our lens…

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WE NEED YOU, message on paper, smart phone and coffee on table

Essay: Fundraising — Not for the Faint-Hearted

Have you ever collected money? For a fundraiser, a charity, a school, anything. If not, imagine if you will: Somehow you got roped into raising funds for a cause. Could be a charity close to your heart, a condition of your entrance to an event, could be part of your kid’s school tuition or camp…

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Israeli flag waving in the wind

Essay: Overriding Obstacle

Palestinians stymie their statehood bid by delegitimizing Israel. The vaunted two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict hinges on a joint willingness to negotiate, compromise and truly change. Desirable as that solution is, it will remain a pipedream without a concurrent shift in attitude and action by both sides. A new dynamic could derive from coexistence…

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a boy sits at a Holocaust memorial in reflection to represent the reflection that goes on during Tishrei and the goal to never forget the 6 million Jews who died during the Holocaust

Essay: Remember The 6 Million

We are in the holy month of Tishrei. It includes Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. On Rosh Hashanah, HaShem (God) writes in the Book of Life for the coming year: Who should live? Who should die? Who by fire? Who by water? Who by hunger? Yom Kippur is the holiest holiday on the Jewish…

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Metro Detroit Jews at a Poor People’s Campaign event PHOTO BY NINA CHACKER. Michigan PPC

Essay: Leading Michigan Poor People’s Campaign

Dozens of rabbis and lay leaders join together for social justice. This summer, interfaith clergy and lay leaders gathered to revitalize the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) through six acts of nonviolent civil disobedience paired with songful, impassioned rallies. Each weekly action in May and June focused on one of…

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