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Joseph C. Kaplan
Jul 6, 2018, 11:17 PM
Ani Ledodi V’dodi Li
Since my retirement (It’s Not an Ugly Word, Ernest, 1/5/18), the two most frequent questions I’ve been asked are (a) are you enjoying it and (b) what are you doing with yourself? While the answer to the first is short and sweet (absolutely!!), the answer to...
Jul 5, 2018, 4:50 PM
Fireflies and everyday magic
Last Shabbat, one of my rabbis addressed the pervasive unease that seems to infect just about everyone we know. The feeling of not-quite-rightness, of doubt, even of fear, that haunts so many of us. It’s not just about politics, although of course it’s also about...
Jul 2, 2018, 9:48 PM
A History of the US Border Crisis
The separation of children from their parents at the US border has a long and nebulous history. What makes the situation so confusing is that it doesn’t involve any single “law” so much as a series of interrelated laws, judicial decisions, and policy changes over twenty...
Jul 2, 2018, 12:43 AM
The mother of exiles
I always have felt so proud to be an American and then came family separation and children in cages
Steven R. Rothman
Jul 1, 2018, 3:55 PM
Defend Our Borders, But Keep Our Values
The US Constitution prohibits the removal of illegal immigrants from America without due process. US law and every major faith on Earth also require that we welcome the stranger seeking asylum. It is important to remember these facts when one considers the message sent out...
Hiam Simon and Mark Gold
Jun 29, 2018, 5:57 PM
Zero Tolerance Equals Less Than Zero Humanity
It all began quietly last autumn, not with a bang but a whimper. It was quiet until this spring, when it came out into the open that the Trump administration had initiated its most despicable policy to date. The bang arrived with “zero tolerance,” a...
Carol Silver Elliott
Jun 29, 2018, 6:41 AM
Achievement at Any Age
I never cease to be amazed by the elders with whom we work. I am amazed by their stories, by their wisdom, by their energy and by the way they face challenges, both physical and emotional. Of course, not everyone ages in a way that...
Jun 29, 2018, 6:39 AM
Mark your words
Whoever came up with that old adage “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” was in serious denial about something. Of course, I have no idea what, as I gave up mind-reading a long time ago. What I do...
Jun 29, 2018, 12:28 AM
The ‘Great Experiment’ is under great strain
Twice each year, before the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving, I write about how this country was founded on “biblical values,” by which the founding fathers clearly meant the values of our bible, the Tanach, and especially its first five books, meaning the Torah. Our...
Jun 21, 2018, 5:29 PM
Taking children from their parents
I’ve been thinking about the Kindertransport a lot lately. In 2013 I interviewed Sig Silber of Paterson, who then was a successful, well-rooted, and happy patent attorney with an engineering degree from MIT, a thriving family, and a flourishing legal practice in Clifton. He also...