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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 / JNS.org


May 12, 2013 7:15 am
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

Culture

New Biography of Philanthropist Fails to Ask Key Jewish Questions

JNS.org - Professor Hasia Diner has a well-earned reputation as an insightful historian. But in her new book, Julius Rosenwald: Repairing...

Conan O’Brien Tries Winning Over Israeli Woman While Covered in Dead Sea Mud

Conan O'Brien shared on his late night talk show on Monday a video...

15,000 People Attend Largest-Ever Israeli Cultural Festival in Europe

JNS.org - The largest-ever Israeli cultural event in Europe, TLV in LDN, attracted some...

Features

The Unheard Story: Bulgaria’s Rescue of 50,000 Jews During the Holocaust

You have probably heard of "Schindler’s List" -- Steven Spielberg’s movie, which brought to life...

IDF’s Underground Gaza Wall May Change Hamas Terror Strategies

Time may be running out for one of Hamas' main weapons against Israel:...

World

Puerto Rico Synagogues Cancel High Holiday Services Ahead of Hurricane Mari...

As volunteers worked feverishly to tape the exposed windows of San Juan’s Temple Beth Shalom with plastic film and carry...

Israel

Israel Closes West Bank, Gaza Strip for Rosh Hashanah

The IDF announced on Tuesday that it will put in place a closure of the West Bank and Gaza Strip beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, ahead of the holiday...

Middle East

Iran-Sponsored Hackers Said to Be Targeting Companies in US, Middle East, A...

A private cybersecurity firm has identified what it says is a hacking group sponsored by the Iranian government that has...

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