Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Av 19, 5775

For the Orthodox, it's more complex than it sounds
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Still a bit groggy from her nap, 5-year-old Shulamit Vered Levintov was all dressed for her lesson, sporting a bathing cap, swimsuit and flotation device; the only problem was she seemed to have no interest in getting into the pool. She'd taken a few steps down the pool ladder, but remained half in and half out for an agonizingly long...
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Chukat, Numbers 19:1-22:1
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Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
Is it more important to devote oneself to personal, spiritual development or to work for the good of the nation? I believe that a good argument can be made that commitment to the nation takes priority over commitment to one's own spiritual needs. And one such source is a Midrash, which links two kinds of animal slaughterings (not by blood,...
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KORACH, Numbers 16:1-18:32
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Rabbi David Gutterman
Social psychologists list several distinctions between a debate and a dialogue. A debate assumes you have the right answer, while a dialogue assumes that many people can help craft an answer. A debate is about winning; a dialogue is about exploring. A debate is more about defending one's view; a dialogue admits that the thinking of others can improve one's...
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Slightly more than a year after Congregation Brothers of Israel traded an urban New Jersey address for a suburban one in Pennsylvania, the Conservative congregation has celebrated its 125th anniversary with a gala dinner. The major milestone, reached last month, presented an opportunity for members to look back at its long history in Trenton and consider its future in Newtown,...
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SH'LACH, Leviticus 13:1-15-41
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Rabbi David Gutterman, Jewish Exponent Feature
In this week's Torah portion -- in stunning fashion -- the classical meets the contemporary. Our biblical tradition not only informed, but helped to create a necessary "marketing tool" of modern statecraft, even as it created a symbol that still causes a welling-up of Jewish pride. God grants Moses license to Sh'lach l'cha anashim: "Send forth men, if you please,...
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