Issue 31

Friday, July 31, 2015

Local News

Federation to hold annual meeting on Oct. 1

The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will hold its annual dessert meeting on Thursday, October 1, at 7 pm.

Israel News

News from around Israel

News from around Israel, from JTA

National News

The Iran deal and the hubris of certainty

Admit it: You might be wrong. Yes, you have a strong view about whether the recent nuclear deal signed with Iran will spell catastrophe for Israel, or whether it’s the best of a range of bad options for dealing with Iran’s apparent pursuit of a nuclear weapon. But we can’t predict the future, so we can’t know for sure whether this deal will be more or less effective at slowing Iran’s path to a bomb...

Features

Celebrating Shabbat and the Grateful Dead

What a long, strange trip it’s been for Shu Eliovson. The American-born resident of Kfar Maimon, a religious moshav in southern Israel, Eliovson is CEO and co-founder of the tech start-up Likeminder, an anonymous social networking site for “authentic conversation” with “likeminded” people. He is also an ordained rabbi, though his colorful pants, fedora and purple T-shirt with the Grateful Dead’s dancing bear logo make him unconventional, to say the least.

Book review: Searching for a promised land

It’s a cliche to say that history is written by the victors. Yet, the way we view the past is affected by the outcome of events. We also tend to believe that each particular resolution is the only path history could have taken.

Opinion

Hello, it’s Sima

Rabbi Rachel Esserman forwarded me an article from The Forward that she thought I would be interested in reading. The gist of the article was that “Federations have lost their place as the centerpiece of our communities. Revitalizing them is critical for the Jewish future.” “Have you been to Binghamton?” I wanted to shout at the authors, George T. Caplan and Steven Windmueller.

Change a phrase, change the meaning

Was Shakespeare wrong when he wrote “that which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet”? The answer in contemporary times would be yes: Words and names do matter.

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