This Passover, it’s time to have the talk about antisemitism


Passover, celebrated by the Jewish community from April 22 to April 30, marks the annual celebration and recounting of the story of the Exodus. Meant to be both experiential and academic, the holiday ...

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Propaganda vs. facts: How pro-Hamas protests point to a frightening educational failure

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Melton's International Director, Rabbi Dr. Morey Schwartz, wrote this op-ed for USA Today.As the world watches a growing wave of campus protests in support of Hamas following the heinous Oct. 7 attack...

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It’s not only children who will be returning to classrooms this fall

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Adults are seeing continuous learning as an opportunity to engage in experiences that foster connectedness and build community.  It's August, and our inboxes are already beginning to clutter with...

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Israel at 75: Feeling the connection to the promise of the promised land


This week, the state of Israel celebrates its 75th year as an independent country, and it is incredible to think that on an average year, more than 5,000,000 tourists visit Israel, mostly adults. What...

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What rain in the sukkah can teach us about resilience

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A feeling of "this is not how it was supposed to be" permeates our sukkah this year.Sukkot is supposed to be a time of abundance, but this Sukkot seems to be, instead, a time of grave concern. Like ra...

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Calling a Plague, a Plague

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Congresswoman Liz Cheney, the third-highest-ranking Republican leader in the House, has named it – what happened in the US Capital one week ago today was an act of betrayal by the President of the Uni...

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Hindsight is 2020


In all matters of life and living, we can view what happens to us through one of three lenses: Lens of insight – as life happens, we seek to understand it. Insight is the limited capacity to gain an a...

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One was Loved, One was Hated

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The Torah uses a harsh word to describe Jacob's feelings for his first wife, Leah: that she was hated. Alarmed by this language, some commentaries suggest that "hated" does not mean Leah was actually ...

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Leaders are elected, but leadership must be earned

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When George Augustine Washington was elected in 1789 to become the first national leader of the nascent republic of the United States of America, there was major debate as to what he should be called....

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Mutual Understanding: The third side of every story

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How did we get here? When did people decide that they could no longer bear to disagree agreeably? How is it that parents and children are no longer talking to each other, that husbands and wives are s...

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Abraham: Nationalist or Globalist?

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Frankly, it is a tough call. There seems to be a debate raging throughout the world as to what's next, what direction do we need to pursue, what kinds of leaders do we need most in our world today and...

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When Noah was a hero

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When I was young, Noah was a hero. I have wonderful memories of a toy Noah's ark model, with a ramp upon which I could, like Noah, march those animals, two by two, into that ark, and do my part, like ...

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