From Campus to Kibbutz: Vivian Silver’s legacy as a Jewish student leader | New Voices

For over a month, 74-year-old Vivian Silver was presumed to have been among those held hostage in Gaza. 

Last week, it was discovered that Vivian was killed in the Hamas attack on October 7th, at Kibbutz Beeri. 

A lifelong peace activist, Vivian began her activism as a founding leader of the Jewish Student Press Service – the organization now known as New Voices Magazine.

In revisiting the origins of her work as a key leader in the Jewish student movement of the 1970s, we honor her legacy – both in Israel-Palestine, and across US college campuses.
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Faith and doubt, Lubavitch style

Science says the Rebbe has been dead nearly 30 years. Faith, however….

In this essay, a Chabad educator talks about Gimmel Tammuz, the date of the Rebbe’s “death.”

Key paragraph:

“Every talmid [student] must know that we have a Rebbe that is with us today and that they can personally connect with the Rebbe today. They can write to the Rebbe today, via the Ohel and Igros Kodesh, and receive direct answers from the Rebbe to their individual challenges.”

The structure of the argument will be familiar to those of us who have followed the faith vs science debates in Orthodox and Conservative Jewish circles.