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Is Suicide a Jewish Problem?

Ten years ago, I lost my 16-year-old son Jesse, to suicide and I wrote an article for the Boulder Jewish News, about the loss, the community response, and some things people could do to support suicide prevention efforts. At the time, I didn’t really care whether suicide was a “Jewish …

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Pandemic Puts Nonprofits in Peril: What Donors Can Do

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a crushing impact on the nonprofit sector that employs about 14% of the U.S. workforce, nearly half of which works for nonprofit hospitals and universities. The remaining half, working mostly for smaller and under- or un-endowed entities, has been severely impacted.

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Column: Mississippi Senator Is False Witness To Sabbath Sojourn For Voters

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Mississippi Republican, scores zero for two so far on the facts. She falsely claims that Sunday is the Sabbath besides Saturday and, far more importantly, that our civil rights revolve around religious beliefs.

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Pesach and Yom HaShoah Call Us To Take Action on Behalf of the Uyghur People

Nissan is a month of remembrance and observance. On this Wednesday evening, we sit together in sadness and grief as we collectively observe Yom HaZikaron laShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, to recall the genocide of our six million brethren.

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Column: Tragedy Could Have Been Prevented – With Slight Change In Federal Law

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa lost control. That happened In November 2017 during his senior year at Arvada West High School. On March 22, he would once again lose control, this time in a Boulder supermarket. As Sunday’s New York Times recounts the first incident, “Several (friends) said he had a …

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We Are Not Alone – Covid Pesach And Quantum Entanglement

What would you say is the highlight of the Passover Seder? The food, the Hagadah, the Seder plate? Let me share mine: I feel it is the moment the middle matzah is broken in two.

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Column: After Pittsburgh and Atlanta, Senate Rules Still Threaten Gun-Control Bills

It is a relief to learn that the nearly 10 million Americans who live in Arizona, Montana and West Virginia feel safe from gun violence. Three Democratic senators from these states will not take all necessary steps to pass two gun-control bills that the House of Representatives approved last Thursday.

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Column: With New COVID Critique, How Would Palestinian Leaders Govern Their Own State?

The Palestinian Authority, which administers limited public services in Israel’s territories, is now accused by its own people of distributing Covid-19 vaccines to the privileged at the expense of needy Palestinians. Such an allegation should make one wonder how the Palestinians will govern their own independent state.

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Column: Murder at Capitol Hill?

Four decades ago, when she was president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Dianne Feinstein stumbled onto a crime scene down the hall from her City Hall office. Could a similar event happen today in Washington, DC?

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Predictions on Charity and Giving for 2021

We’re living (and dying) in a “quadfecta” of 1) A raging, unprecedented pandemic, 2) Economic inequality and hardship at the highest levels in memory, 3) Racial injustice permeating almost every aspect of American life and 4) Climate change eating away at our planet, and the lives it sustains.

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Column: Anti-Semitism Watch: A Pox on Both Parties

U.S. Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rashida Tlaib – each crazy in their own ways – deserve each other. None of us deserve this pair turning Capitol Hill into a psych ward. Nor do we deserve the thoughtless and senseless response of both Democrats and Republicans.

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Column: The Capitol Raid: Shattering a Jewish Refuge

When Rabbi Jordan Hersh’s grandfather, Joseph Goldstein, lived in Poland, thugs there picked Easter to beat up Jews. Our own fellow citizens chose the day for the presidential election certification to rampage our Capitol and beat up Capitol police and anyone else who got in their way.

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God’s Gift to the Bronx?

As he experiences his first week in Congress, Jamaal Bowman will start on a path to do everything he suggests that Rep. Eliot L. Engel failed to do and perhaps even obstructed.

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When Senator Toomey Strikes, We Could Strike Out

Toomey’s stature exemplifies much of what is wrong with the U.S. Senate, a legislative body that is often exploited to undermine vital programs that the majority of Americans need. The minority of Americans very frequently control the Senate, even when a majority of senators combine to represent the majority of citizens.

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