Category Archives: Op-Ed

“Health” and “Social Care” belong together

This short article by an experienced health care advocate (and food writer) in the UK should remind all of us — no matter what country we live in — how important (and how much our health systems tend to fail … Continue reading

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Charity in Rabbinic Literature: Forum

Learn more about scholarship in Ancient Jew Review’s September 2016 forum: “Reading Charity Texts: On Intertextuality and Social History” (Alyssa Gray, 9/7/16) “Charity in Ancient Judaism: Problems and Prospects” (Gregg Gardner, 9/21/16) “Models of Rabbinic Charity” (Jael Wilfand, 9/24/16) “AJR Charity Forum: … Continue reading

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Welcoming migrants and undocumented students in America

We all have dreams. Usually they involve some kind of career or opportunity that enables one to survive, and indeed, thrive in this world. When my father was a child in New England in the 1920s and 30s, his memories–and … Continue reading

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Religion and Basic Survival: Open the Nepali Borders

Friends in Nepal tell me that the country — already poor and still struggling to survive and recover after the earthquakes — is now running out of fuel and other essential resources, because of the “unofficial” blockades at the Indian border … Continue reading

Posted in Op-Ed, Overheard, Reflection

Today’s Hero: My friend Alice

Join the Peace Corps at age 85? Why not, said my friend Alice! A committed Orthodox Christian activist of many years, Alice gave up her nice, secure, subsidized urban elderly housing apartment, filled out the application and health forms, passed … Continue reading

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Religion & the Social Determinants of Health: A Photo Essay

Is religion and plus or minus when it comes to health care issues around the world today? A little of both I’d say… Read the full post and photo essay at the Oxford University Press blog. Read the cross-posted version on … Continue reading

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I.M.H.O…. on Bishop Libby Lane

If Jesus should appear among us embodied in the hidden guise of a woman bishop, methinks she would be very much like Libby Lane (above center). Radio Manchester on Bishop Lane’s journey to faith Learn more about Libby Lane Image above: The … Continue reading

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