Sunday, September 25, 2016 Elul 22, 5776
By:
Samuel Freedman
In the most pivotal moment of Arthur Miller's most famous play, a teenage boy shows up unannounced in the Boston hotel room occupied by the salesman father he reveres, the character indelibly named Willy Loman. The son, Biff, is a high school football star on the verge of flunking a math class, thereby dooming the mutual, filial dream of a...
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By:
Rabbi Jerome Epstein
At this time of the year, especially, as we end the old year and begin the new one, we look back on where we came from as we dream of new directions. We reflect on our ancestors -- the ancestors we read about in the Torah, the figures who shaped our people's history, and our own families' forebears. Each contributed...
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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
British Parliament member Dennis MaShane writes in The Washington Post ( www.washingtonpost . com ) on Sept. 4 about the new anti-Semitism: "Hatred of Jews has reached new heights in Europe, and many points south and east of the old continent. Last year, I chaired a blue-ribbon committee of British parliamentarians, including former ministers and a party leader, that examined...
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By:
Isi Leibler
As we review the events of 5767, there's no denying that Israel underwent yet another annus horribilis -- an awful year. The people lack confidence in their failed leaders. Despite the disastrous unilateral withdrawals that undermined Israel's security, missiles are still being launched from Gaza against Israeli citizens, who have been transformed into refugees in their own land. Much of...
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By:
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
Where is the world going? Is it progressing in a positive way and moving toward some ideal state? Or is it sinking lower and lower toward immorality and disarray? In Greek mythology, a Golden Age of peace and happiness was thought to become gradually more corrupt, eventually degenerating into an Iron Age of greed and cruelty. Some scientists today have...
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