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Food Stamps and Racism

by Marc Jampole Newt Gingrich has persisted in calling President Obama the “food stamp” president, despite the fact that more people went on food stamps during Bush II’s presidency than during the Obama presidency. What I find interesting is how many people, both conservative and progressive, assume that the statement is inherently racist. And behind […]

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Lou Charloff: A Pair of Shoes

by Lou Charloff I was 11 years old, it was the depths of the Depression, and I was living at 888 Fox St.  That neighborhood was described a couple of decades later as the most crime-ridden neighborhood in the Bronx.  However, when I was a kid, the neighborhood was very respectable, although very poor. In […]

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Class Warfare Index

by Irwin Nesoff 46.2 million          Number of people living in poverty $22,050                 Federal poverty-level income for a family of four 15.1                       Percentage of Americans living in poverty 6.7                          % of Americans living in “deep poverty,” less than 50% of the poverty level 0   […]

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February 4: Curing Pellagra

On this date in 1915, Dr. Joseph Goldberger began to conduct dietary experiments with eleven prisoners (offered pardons for their participation) in Mississippi to determine the cause of pellagra, a loathesome skin disease that was then causing 10,000 deaths annually in the U.S. By adjusting the food in the inmates’ meals, Goldberger determined that pellagra […]

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Who the Hell Do We Think We Are?

An Editorial The thousand-plus young American men and women who have been killed in Iraq, dozens of whom are pictured on the cover of this issue of Jewish Currents, did not merely die “in vain.” It’s more tragic than that: They and their tens of thousands of Iraqi counterparts (of whom the Pentagon has released […]

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Making Service Fundamental to Jewish Life

by Ruth W. Messinger As 21st century American Jews, we enjoy affluence and influence that are unique in Jewish history. At the same time, as members of an international people, Jews have an instructive role to play in helping Americans to understand that our world is interconnected: that poverty, hunger, disease and oppression anywhere on […]

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