Last month, the governor of Louisiana signed a bill that will close three of the state’s five abortion facilities. Several days later, the only medical provider offering abortion care in northern Alabama shut down. And by September, Texas is expected to have only six abortion clinics. In 2011, that number was 44. Within certain regions of the United States, access to abortion is rapidly vanishing due to legislation known as Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP). These TRAP laws attempt to impose burdensome restrictions on abortion providers and limit various services within a...Read More
Until a few days ago, I had never thought about building a time machine. I had never thought about flying a drone. I had never thought about editing files (other than Word Documents or Excel spreadsheets) in the guts of a computer. Now, I’m thinking about all of those things.
Why am I thinking about these things now? A few days ago, my 25-year-old daughter Alyssa and I went to visit a Jewish summer camp. It’s something we’ve done a few times over the years, but this time was different. This time, we visited the Union for Reform Judaism’s newest...Read More
When the siren sounded, the Rolling Stones' tortured 1969 track "Gimme Shelter" popped into my head, oddly enough.
That haunting song offered a stunning reminder of the endless horrors of war, reawakening a sleepy world with a vivid musical picture of human pain in times of combat. Merry Clayton's evocative vocalization of disturbing lyrics over a harsh musical background focused global attention on the awful realities of the Vietnam War.
Nowadays, though, one hardly requires a song to experience war - live news feeds, endless websites and constant e-alerts satiate us with...Read More
Thousands of years ago, the Jewish people were expelled from the land of Israel into the Diaspora. They remained there until 1948, when the Jewish people finally achieved the dream of a homeland when the State of Israel was born.
The Jewish people have never been strangers to exile or xenophobia. Having had this unique background and history enables Jews to examine the issue of immigration reform through a fresh perspective, which will hopefully add some common sense to the chaos with which this issue has been associated in recent years. The immigrants who come to the U.S. are...Read More
"It's not the roar that makes the lion, it's the pride." This is the conclusion at which musician Benjamin Scheuer arrives after taking us on his coming-of-age journey. Only in his early thirties, Scheuer has already gone through multiple trials, each one aggressively testing his mettle. But he's come out the other side and he's sharing his strength with us in a one-man show, The Lion.
Though Scheuer recorded some of his story with his band, Escapist Papers, he and director Sean Daniels recently presented The Lion in a small, intimate...Read More
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