Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Av 12, 5775
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Rabbi Avi Shafran
Jewish clouds, like others, sometimes have silver linings. And so, some of us hope that a glimmer may surround the Conservative movement's recent endorsement of a position permitting commitment ceremonies between people of the same gender and the ordination as Conservative rabbis of people living openly homosexual lives. To be sure, the decision is tragic and telling. Tragic because it...
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Rabbi Jerome M. Epstein
Conservative Judaism has taken a historic step by opening a door to the ordination of gay men and women, and same-sex commitment ceremonies. In line with Conservative Judaism's most cherished values, this decision reflects both a reasoned approach toward halachah and respect for ever-evolving Conservative beliefs and practices. It is important to understand that the responsa, or decisions, of the...
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Media Clippings Several weeks ago, I heaped much-needed praise on Child magazine, which has always seemed to me to be the best of the ever-burgeoning crop of parenting magazines. Granted, a lot of it -- as is true of its competitors -- is fluff, but there is always at least one article per issue that's deserving of attention, that manages...
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Media Clippings Back in the good old days -- meaning 25 years or so ago -- there was a wonderful Jewish magazine called Present Tense, which was published by the American Jewish Committee, the same people who (still) put out Commentary. When Norman Podhoretz took over at the helm of Commentary, he turned it so far to the right that...
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By:
Evelyn Gordon
If there's one thing at which the Palestinians excel, it is public relations. With their elected government ostracized by the West, their task would seem daunting. Yet despite this handicap, they have successfully diverted Western attention for months from two embarrassing questions. The first relates to money. In recent months, the media has been filled with dire reports about the...
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