Why We Should Look Forward to More of Each Day

by Kayla Matthews on September 22, 2014

Excited for the day

“Use your smile to change the world; don’t let the world change your smile.” ~Unknown

For most of us the average day includes a mix of things we both look forward to and things we don’t look forward to. We look forward to coffee in the morning, we regret that we Continue →


Surrendering to Things We Can’t Control or Change

by Sara Reed on September 22, 2014


“Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace.” ~Joan Borysenko

I’ve always sped through life. I’ve always been ready to take on the next moment, that new place, make a new memory.

I’m an obsessive planner. I love control. Seriously, I love the feeling of researching and executing Continue →


Democracy Now! 2014-09-22 Monday

by Amy Goodman on September 22, 2014

Democracy Now! Monday, September 22, 2014
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opposes including Iran in the coalition aligned against the Islamic State. (Photo: Ralph Alswang / Flickr)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opposes including Iran in the coalition aligned against the Islamic State. (Photo: Ralph Alswang / Flickr)

With the skills it has exhibited for governing (see In Raqqa, ISIL governs with fear and efficiency in the National), one can’t help but wonder if it might Continue →


Taking Action Toward a New Life and Moving Through Resistance

by Elizabeth McDonnell on September 21, 2014

Take Action

“Your actions are your only true belongings.” ~Allan Lokos

This is not a piece about a person who has already finished her journey. I am not here to tell you that I’ve emerged from a dark place into a place of ease, or that I’ve discovered a profound new way of Continue →


When You Want to Make a Change but Feel Confused and Scared

by Amanda Christian on September 21, 2014

Worried Man

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have you ever had an inner knowing that it was time to make some life changes, but you felt too confused to make them?

I’ve certainly felt that way a time or two. After I graduated college Continue →


Tomgram: Taylor and Appel, The Subprime Education Scandal

by Astra Taylor, Hannah Appel on September 21, 2014

Over the last three decades, the price of a year of college has increased by more than 1,200%...


An unnamed group of Haredi Jews in Stamford Jill, North London, pasted up many posters round the neighbourhood instructing women to walk on one side of the road only.

Stamford Hill posters telling women what side of the road to walk on are removed

By Shekha Vyas, Hackney Gazette September 19, 2014

Hackney Continue →


Democracy Now! 2014-09-21 Sunday

by Amy Goodman on September 21, 2014

Democracy Now! Sunday, September 21, 2014

Nationalism, not Islamism, is the threat in Europe

by sarahbenton on September 19, 2014

Supporters of the u Golden Dawn Party outside an Athens courthouse. Four lawmakers from Greece’s neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn have been indicted on charges of belonging to a criminal organization. There are about a third of a million Muslims in Greece, mainly from Albania. Photo by Simela Pantzartzi/EPA /Landov

Europe’s real Continue →


Scottish independence: what does it mean for the Jews?

by sarahbenton on September 19, 2014

Articles from 1) the JTA, 2) the settlers’ publication Arutz Sheva and 3) Algemeiner.

Rabbi Mendel Jacobs in his specially created Jewish tartan. He points out that Scotland and Israel share the colours of blue and white in their national flag and his tartan allows Scottish Jews to combine their heritages Continue →


Debating the nature of Muslim antisemitism

by sarahbenton on September 19, 2014


Muslim hostility to Israel and Jews in Europe: is it antisemitism as we know it?

By Antony Lerman, blog September 17, 2014

On 4 August I posted a piece by the Washington-based historian and independent scholar Dr Steven Beller in which he discussed the question: ‘Anti-Jewish hostility provoked by the Gaza offensive: is Continue →