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Thanks for Hersh Goldman’s letter “Mourning the Temple” (Journal, June 29), [which] references Rabbi Joshua Ben Hananiah’s commentaries regarding the Tammuz 17 fast. The rabbi’s opposition to excessive asceticism impelled me to read a five-column entry about him in my treasured 1916 edition of “The Jewish Encyclopedia.” I look forward to rereading the entry and Read More

JULY 27, 2017 – The pressure has begun. The State Department’s “evenhanded” statement regarding the Temple Mount. The US-backed Middle East Quartet’s call for “restraint.” President Donald Trump sending his international negotiations representative to the region to “mediate” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). It all adds up to one thing: American pressure on Read More

JULY 27, 2017 – JERUSALEM – I have always loved the mystic and spiritual Dead Sea in Israel, the lowest place on earth at about 1,410 feet below sea level. The Dead Sea is known for being one of the saltiest water bodies and has unique geographical, historical, geological, religious, and health-promoting significance. I have Read More

A cartoon by George Freedman Read More

JULY 27, 2017 – For Israelis, the scene last week in the settlement of Halamish was all too familiar and disturbing. On Shabbat, the Salomon family was sitting down to celebrate the birth of a grandson when a 20-year-old Palestinian entered their home and killed Yosef Salomon, and his son and daughter. The murderer, who Read More

I was very fortunate to have been able to attend Shep Simons’ funeral and listen to wonderful stories about my devoted, dedicated, and optimistic friend. I first met Shep in 1945 when I was 15 years old. At that time, I belonged to Lynn AZA No. 471 at the JCC on Market Street. Arnold Kline Read More

I was struck by the symbolism of Devra Sari Zabot’s photo of master woodworker Sam Katz’s ark at the bimah – portrayed with the first Orthodox woman rabbi, Lila Kagedan – for Shelley A. Sackett’s article on the Walnut Street Shul. (“Chelsea’s historic Walnut Street Shul preserves a future,” June 15). In my imagination, through Read More

JULY 13, 2017 – The recent words and symbols of hate painted on the wall of the Marblehead causeway reminds us that despite educational efforts by elected officials, interfaith organizations, task forces, and the Anti-Defamation League, there are still those who seek to divide our community by marginalizing and bullying minorities. While the graffiti offended Read More

JULY 13, 2017 – As expected, the legal battle over President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders suspending entry of aliens from six predominantly Muslim countries has moved to the Supreme Court. Not only did the Court agree to hear the government’s appeals of preliminary injunctions issued by lower courts, the Court also allowed important aspects of Read More

JULY 13, 2017 – From where I stood, I could see the gleaming lake, framed by the chuppah. Guests assembled under a tent, music swelled, and moments before my husband and I walked our son down the aisle, I turned to my firstborn, and asked, “Where’s your kippah?” “I’m not Jewish,” he replied. Later, his Read More