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Over one year ago, a young Jewish girl was victimized on a youth school trip in Israel. Among teens she should have felt safe with, the most exposed and vulnerable part of her—her skin—was casually targeted... for a laugh. White kids singing and repeating a word with no meaning to them outsi…

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            One day the wind-chill got so low, most folks in Omaha were happy the covid-19 pandemic forced everyone to remain at home. I began to day dream of years long-gone and happy hours, spent reading catalogues from garden stores from all over the country.  These last years I haven’t r…

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    “Is the Jewish deli the new synagogue?” Andrew Silow Carroll asked in his headline for a recent JTA article. He posed the question after speaking with author Rachel Gross, who recently published her book Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice.

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   Much has been written during the past weeks about that mess at the Capitol. 

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Even though the Jewish year doesn’t end and begin anew in a few days, it’s difficult not to feel a sense of closure when December 31 rolls around. It comes with the territory and besides, we are all eager to see this year come to an end.

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(JTA) — If you would have asked me before Passover — as I packed matzah and other items for Jews preparing to experience their first Seder alone at home — whether we would need to rethink Hanukkah celebrations, I would have laughed you off. December felt a lifetime away and most of us assume…

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    The photo was taken December 1, 1931. The text on the back reads:

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   It’s Thanksgiving week, which normally comes with a pretty standard set of rules. You plan an extensive menu that should include Turkey and pumpkin pie. There should also be cranberries, yams with marshmallows and something called ‘green bean casserole.’ Then you invite friends and family…

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   During the week leading up to the 2020 election, I need a distraction and so I find myself making etrog jam. As I carefully pull each seed from the etrog, it occurs to me how being in the kitchen ties me to generations of Jews. Every year, we baby that fruit for the duration of Sukkot, we…

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    Jews do not speak in a political monologue. Like so many misconceptions, putting Jews, a broad, cultural or religious identity, into a political box is wrong and approaching bigotry.

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    Let’s face it: we’re not all so very nice to each other these days. After several years of hearing the word “partisan” a few times too often, we just can’t figure out how to get along anymore. And that pesky neighbor just put a political sign in his front yard for a candidate you  don’t …

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    It took most of Thursday morning to write 2/3 of an op-ed, which I subsequently threw in the garbage. I’m not even sure I remember what I wrote—that’s how boring and listless it was.

(JTA) — I don’t need to remind you of all the reasons that 2020 has been an incredibly rough year. We could all use a fresh start, so it’s a good thing that Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is just around the corner, offering a chance for renewal and a new beginning.

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A few weeks ago the Omaha World Herald ran an excellent article written by one of their best reporters, Cindy Gonzalez, on the renovations undertaken by the Jewish Federation of Omaha at its complex in West Omaha on South 132nd Street.

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    It was a confusing sight, at best: the August 1 rally in Berlin featured both people protesting against COVID-19 restrictions by comparing them to Nazi-rules, and actual neo-Nazis. Mask mandates, vaccines and  perceived government overreach are bad because it reminds people of Nazis. And…

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When I found out that I belong to Generation Z instead of being a Millennial, I was shocked. At first, I thought, all the older generations’ criticisms about millennials don’t apply to me anymore! But then I noticed that people are already insulting my up-and-coming generation.

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            My great-grandfather, Bernie Weiss, told his children and grandchildren very little about his time in the Navy. One of his only stories was that he was on the Pacific front in WWII when his landing craft was torpedoed. He said that it split in two, and he was lucky enough to choo…

A pandemic, an election year, racial tensions, federal troops descending on cities, muggy hot weather and lots of anxiety for everyone to share: it sounds like the perfect time for a robust conspiracy to make the rounds.