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In Memory of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, zt”l

Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by Effy Unterman

These last few days, I have been thinking of Elisha crying after Eliyahu, “My father, my father!  Chariot of Israel!” as the prophet is seized from his pupil in a whirlwind.  To me, and to thousands of his students and followers around the globe, Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, zt”l, was the gadol hador – the greatest rabbinic personality in the world, and his departure from us Monday morning is an upheaving whirlwind.  His Talmudic prowess – together with h…

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Turning the Words ‘Never Again’ Into Action

Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by Janice Kamenir-Reznik

This week, Jewish World Watch (JWW) – an organization that I co-founded with Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, z"l,  just over a decade ago – brought together more than 3,500 people in Los Angeles for our Walk to End Genocide. It was incredible to look out from the stage and see so many faces of all backgrounds and faiths (many of whom are Wexner alums!) – united around the idea that we cannot stand idly as others face genocide and mass atrocities in countries like Sudan and the …

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In Anticipation of the 30th Anniversary

Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by Geoffrey H. Lewis

"Once in a while you get shown the light In the strangest of places if you look at it right."   Jerry Garcia/ Robert Hunter I remember well my Bar Mitzvah. It took place May 22, 1965 and was one of the happiest weekends of my life. My parents, humble people from modest backgrounds, were so proud of the event and equally proud that they had just completed, in time for the party at our home, the addition to the living room. Without it the crowd would have overwhelmed the room. And then …

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Struggling with Discipline: A Week of Gevurah

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Abby Sosland

Reprinted with thanks to Abby's blog "Shameless Judaism/Adventures in Spiritual Refinement."   Ask any one of my students, past or present: discipline has never been my strong suit.  I tend to laugh more than yell, compliment more than critique and, to my embarrassment, give many more A's than B's.   So today, the 9th day of the Omer, is a spiritually challenging day.  The second week of the Omer mystically focuses on gevurah (limits or discipline), and the second day of …

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Surveying New Models of Supplementary Jewish Education

Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Ramie Arian

"This is not the religious school you dreaded as a child," proclaims the website of Adventure Rabbi Kids, a Boulder, CO Jewish educational program for children.  "A unique weekday Hebrew school that works for your busy family" is how Atlanta-based Jewish Kids Groups Afterschool Community describes itself.  "We partner with children in long-term, project-based Jewish exploration, in a warm, Hebrew- and text-rich environment," says the publicity for the Chicago-area Jewish Enrichment C…

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Lost Stories, Found Images

Posted on Wednesday, April 08, 2015 by Jacqueline Shelton-Miller

Photograph of Judith Trijtel, 1943 by Annemie Wolff (Copyright:  Monica Kaltenschnee, Haarlem Holland)   This is the time of year we tell stories.  At Passover, we are commanded to tell the story of our ancestors’ exodus from Egypt.  We recall the story as if we ourselves came out of Egypt, from slavery to freedom.  For the generation of Holocaust survivors and their immediate descendents, this story of oppression and liberation goes back only one or two generati…

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Quinoa: A Tale of Passover Shopping and Other Ethical Dilemmas

Posted on Wednesday, April 08, 2015 by Carrie Harris

The dishes I planned for Seder would have gone well with rice, were it not Pesach and were I not Ashkenazi. Little potatoes would be okay, too.  But upon learning that quinoa is not chametz, I thought, “Perfect. So healthy, so organic, so trendy, and so pretty with its red curls, it could symbolize the Red Sea.” Standing in the pasta aisle of my currently-being-renovated Key Food Store, where they now keep the quinoa (it used to be with the rice aisle), I studied all of the bra…

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When Crossing the Red Sea Isn't an Option, Try the Desert in Southern California

Posted on Wednesday, April 08, 2015 by Zelig Golden

Wilderness Torah led 150 ​people into the desert to experience the Passover Story. With thanks to NPR, All Things Considered, who broadcast our adventure.   Click here to listen or read. ​   Zelig Golden is a current Wexner Graduate Fellow in Class 27 and the Founding Director of Wilderness Torah. A community Maggid, wilderness guide, youth mentor, environmental educator and attorney, Zelig has helped develop and guide programs such as the Jewish Vision Quest, B’na…

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Because Next Week You Might Be Too Busy

Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Erica Brown

On the Seder night, we have many textual and culinary contradictions that force us to hold opposing sentiments together in complex relationship to each other. We eat a peculiar sandwich of matza – the bread of our freedom – and maror with a small amount of haroset. The bitter and sweet, the slave and free human being, collapse into each other. We celebrate the release of our people from bondage while acknowledging their new servant status to a God with whom they are finally becoming …

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Heard Round WexWorld: Israeli Elections and Moving Forward

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015 by Mickey Bergman, Mike Blass, Carrie Harris, Tony Smorgon, Jamie Traeger-Muney,Jonathan Wornick

We asked our members, fellows, and alumni from all over the world to weigh in on the Israeli elections. Please feel free to add your responses and best visions for the future below.   Mike Blass, WIFA (Class 14), Israel Now that the election campaign is over, and we know who will be the Prime Minister, it is a time to remind the new ​government that it will be the government of all the people who live in Israel. The leadership challenge of the Prime Minister will be to remind all t…

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