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The Agony Of The Agunah And The Convert

Judah Leib Gordon’s 1887 poem “Kotzo Shel Yod” (“The Point on Top of the Yod”) includes a description of cruel harassment by rabbis of an unfortunate agunah (literally, a “chained woman” whose husband deserts her or disappears without divorcing her, thus preventing her from remarrying). The description is vitriolic, wicked, dishonest, and disgraceful, in the spirit of the poets of the Enlightenment period, among whom Gordon was a central figure.

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A Big-Time Pollster In The Making?

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The Menorah That Lit Up My Life

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Expressing Ourselves Inside And Outside The Walls

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Steps to Disempower Iran

Despite the news of Canada's decision and Baird's justification for breaking diplomatic ties with Iran, much more action needs to be taken by Western nations. For example putting Hizbollah on the EU's terror list.

Kerry: Better For Israel And Jews

Over the course of his 19 years in the United States Senate, John Kerry has a 100 percent pro-Israel voting record.

As Stands The Tree, So Stands The Man

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The ADL Is Wrong: Solidarity Is Not Bigotry

These ostensible Jewish leaders are inadvertently recycling an anti-Semitic canard and applying it to their Christian neighbors. If Jews want members of other faiths to respect their desire to be separate, they should offer the same courtesy to their neighbors.

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