Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774
It's always good to have a heap of old magazines lying around, especially in my line of work. Such haphazard compilations come in handy when Jewish news slows down, as it does on some weeks. Then you can skim something off the pile and find a topic of interest. And I've always loved perusing old news. Not only do I...
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It is an intrinsic element of Judaism to approach the beginning of a New Year with introspection. During the Days of Awe, we look at ourselves and ponder what we did in the past year. It is just as necessary to perform the same act of self-examination as a community. In conducting our communal cheshbon nefesh - a spiritual accounting...
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Heart and Soul In a country where it seems everyone is bowling alone these days - to borrow a phrase from sociologist Robert Putnam - there's no shortage of pessimism about the future of communal religious institutions. The synagogue, like American Jewry itself, has been assailed by the plagues of ignorance, assimilation and a declining population. All of these factors...
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