Category Archive for: ‘Major Papers’

Freedom and Oppression in the Arts

Liana Segan October 29, 2005 Unfortunately, too many people have an understanding of the world as being either/or, black and white, right or wrong. As the current president says “you are for us or against us.” He is pressuring people to agree with his line of thinking, dividing us into groups and labeling those who might challenge his thinking or …

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A Purposeful Life: Tzedakah and the Philanthropy of the Rothschilds

Abigail Lienhard Cohen November 12, 2005 Tzedakah is the Hebrew word for charity. The root of the word, “tzeh-dek,” means righteousness or justice. This suggests a close link between the giving of money or effort and the righting of wrongs. For religious Jews, tzedakah is the requirement of righteous giving and just behavior. For secular humanist Jews tzedakah is a …

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The Lilith Myth

Danielle Nourok October 21, 2006 I chose to do my major paper on a mythological character named Lilith. When I first began exploring the Lilith myth, I was interested in the fact that she was a demon. I was curious to know whether Jews believed in the devil. While doing my research, I learned that Lilith was a strong, independent …

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What’s the Standard?

Kyra Zimmerman November 18, 2006 January, 2006, May 14, 2006 and November 4, 2006. What do these dates all have in common? Many, many New York city middle school kids may know. These are dates of the standardized tests. I thought about these dates and realized how much they affected my life. Our vacations, outings, when we go to Broadway …

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Children’s Art and Poetry at Terezin

Abigail Cheskis April 28, 2007 I first found out about children expressing themselves during the Holocaust through art and poetry when I went to the Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C. I saw pictures that children drew in this exhibit and felt that the idea of children drawing during the Holocaust was a surprising concept. This experience caught my interest because …

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GREEN: The New Color of Caring

Sabrina Frank June 16, 2007 Hundreds of millions of Africans, and tens of millions of Latin Americans who now have access to a regular supply of water might face the issue of water shortages in less than twenty years. By 2050, more than one billion people in Asia could face water shortages as well. By 2080, water shortages may threaten …

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The Flood, the Holocaust and 9/11

Sophie Silverstein May 9, 2009 I have been devoted to the theater arts since I was two. I always knew what I wanted to do. I studied and performed at TADA! Youth Theater since I was five, and when I was applying to high schools, I searched for schools with substantial theater departments plus strong academics. I took time off …

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A Personal Synthesis: The Whole is More than the Sum of Its Parts

Emily Dyke October 25, 2009 When I went to my first meeting with Rabbi Peter to discuss my final project, I thought I was pretty set on a topic already. As some of you know, acting is one of my greatest passions. I was interested in learning about the history of Jews in movies and theater, and it seemed like …

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The Jews of Morocco

Alicia Blum May 8, 2010 Many of you have heard about Morocco from that great old movie Casablanca with Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart. Or maybe you have seen one of my favorite films – the Marx Brothers’ A Night in Casablanca. But did you know that Jews have lived in Morocco since the Roman Empire? Or that a legendary …

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Is it Really Kosher?

Arielle Silver-Willner May 15, 2010 “The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, ‘Speak to the people of Israel, these are the living things that you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth. Whatever parts the hoof and is cloven-footed and chews the cud, among the animals, you may eat…. among those that chew …

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