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When the Truth Is Found To Be . . . Hilarious

I finally saw the Coen Brothers’ interpretation of the Book of Job, “A Serious Man” — and I think the climactic scene with Rabbi Marshak, the old sage, is one of the great cinematic moments of the past decade. The old man’s “words of wisdom” to the bar mitzvah boy consist of a quote from […]

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December 7: Occupation of Alcatraz

On this day in 1970, Rabbi Roger Herst and members of the American Jewish Congress brought food, blankets and a menorah to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay to celebrate Hanuka with 400 Native Americans who had occupied the island since November 20th, 1969. The 19-month occupation led to an end of the federal government […]

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Withdraw from Afghanistan Now

The following is a “Viewpoint” piece by our magazine’s editorial board member, Barnett Zumoff. Dr. Zumoff is a retired general in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and was a four-time president of the Workmen’s Circle. The piece appears in the hot-off-the-presses Winter, 2009 issue of Jewish Currents. By Barnett Zumoff The Obama Administration is currently […]

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Educating for Democracy

No Citizen Left Behind by Joel Shatzky The well-known failures of American education today have less to do with the absence of solutions than with our school system’s inability, or unwillingness, to implement them. John Dewey, after all, gave us fundamental insights about the importance of active, participatory learning some seventy years ago.

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