Saturday, March 17th | 1 Nisan 5778


Be in the know!

Get our exclusive daily news briefing.


avatar Erica Brown /
Dr. Erica Brown is a writer and educator who works as the scholar-in-residence for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and consults for the Jewish Agency and other Jewish non-profits. She is the author of In the Narrow Places (OU Press/Maggid); Inspired Jewish Leadership, a National Jewish Book Award finalist; Spiritual Boredom; and Confronting Scandal.

ARTICLES BY: Erica Brown /

May 12, 2013 7:15 am

Mother’s Day: Celebrating the Insanity That is Parenthood

J.D. Salinger wrote in The Catcher in the Rye, "Mothers are all slightly insane." This is, of course, not what you want to hear on Mother's...

April 29, 2013 1:27 am

After Boston Marathon Explosions and Manhunt, Reflecting on ‘Shelter in Place’

I don't know about you, but before recently I had never heard the phrase "shelter in place," the order residents and businesses were given by...

April 28, 2013 11:07 am

A Jewish Perspective on Taxes

By now, if you are an American citizen, you hopefully filed your income taxes by the April 15 date unless you requested an extension. If...

March 3, 2013 3:47 pm

Early Retirement?

How old do you think you will be when you retire? Pope Benedict XVI retired Feb. 28. I am not sure if they are throwing...

February 19, 2013 1:45 am

The Beauty of Tradition

"Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy." We might have attributed these words to an artist or a poet,...

February 12, 2013 9:11 am

Isaac Stern and the 10,000 Hours Rule

Legend has it that famed violinist Isaac Stern (1920-2001) was once confronted after a concert by an admirer who said the following to him:...

February 4, 2013 2:21 am

Free John Bates

"Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who bestows kindness upon the vulnerable, and who has bestowed goodness on me." —Traditional...

January 30, 2013 9:35 am

The Weight of Leadership

With the recent inauguration of an American president, another Israeli election, and heated issues about gun control against the background of another...

January 22, 2013 2:00 am

Angry Birds, Jewish Wisdom

I had a teacher many years who was very effective at his job. He communicated his ideas well and had a pleasant affect. One...

January 14, 2013 5:00 pm

The Road Less Traveled

My GPS is conspiring against me. It tricks me into taking the wrong direction. It usually does not start giving me directions until I am...

January 8, 2013 4:55 pm

Reclaiming the Values of the Kibbutz Movement

On Oct. 29, 1910, a group of 10 men and two women founded the first kibbutz in Israel: Kibbutz Degania, not far from the Kinneret....

January 1, 2013 3:38 am

The Role of Religion

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life recently released a global study of religion whose findings have appeared in newspapers and social media everywhere....

December 17, 2012 6:12 pm

The 2012 Jewish Year in Review

We're in the middle of 5773, but turning the corner on 2012 and saying goodbye to a year of making history. January brought us the 10th...

December 4, 2012 4:10 pm

Nick Crews and Jewish parenting 101

"Anyone who has the capability to protest the sinful conduct of his household and does not protest, he is himself liable for the sins...


It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s ‘Superman’ … at the Kotel - American actor Dean Cain, known for his role as “Superman” in the hit 1990s’...


Jewish Groups Weigh-in on Pompeo for Secretary of State - Many major American Jewish organizations are pleased by the nomination of CIA director Mike Pompeo to succeed Rex Tillerson...

Training for War in Gaza as Hamas Lurks in Tunnels and Towers - Since Hamas came to power in the Gaza Strip more than a decade ago, it has built, trained and...

Israeli Attractions: Givat Sher, the Judean Lowhills - In the town of Modi’in, which is situated between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, lies Givat Sher (“The hill of...


European Powers Propose New Iran Sanctions to Meet Trump Ultimatum

Britain, France and Germany have proposed fresh EU sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syria's war, according to a confidential document, in a bid to persuade Washington...


Israel Ranks 11th in UN ‘World Happiness Report’ - Israel just missed out on a place in the top 10 happiest countries in the world, placing 11th in the latest world happiness index. “The World Happiness Report 2018,” compiled by the United Nations Sustainable...

Middle East

Abbas Meets With Released Prisoner Who Was Accomplice in Murder of Israeli - In the presidential office in Ramallah on March 14, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas met with Rajaei Haddad, a terrorist from eastern Jerusalem released from prison after serving a...