January 14: This Suicide Bomber Was a Mommy

Reem Riyashi, 21, mother of a three-year-old son and eighteen-month-old daughter, became the first woman used by Hamas as a suicide bomber when she blew herself up at Gaza’s Erez crossing, a border checkpoint, on this date in 2004, killing four Israelis and wounding seven others as well as four Palestinians. The IDF reported that […]

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TV Time: Jewish Manhood in “Royal Pains”

by Rabbi Elliot B. Gertel ROYAL PAINS (2009-2016), though a limited summer series on the USA Network, was a noteworthy television show because of its longevity and popularity, and because of its Jewish themes, its odd take on Jewish manhood — and womanhood. (Episodes are all available through your favorite on-demand conveyor.) When we meet […]

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Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Holy Land*

The Tragedy of His Absence by Rabbi Everett Gendler Excerpted from his forthcoming book (Spring, 2015), Judaism for Universalists, from Blue Thread Books and Music; originally published in “In an Inescapable Network of Mutuality”: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Globalization of an Ethical Ideal (Cascade Books, 2013). Reprinted with the author’s permission. “Today, we […]

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