Thursday, July 28, 2016 Tammuz 22, 5776

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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
Love is such a used, abused and misused word that people should possibly stay away from it. How would I define it? In essence, love is the basic experience of caring about another, of going out from myself toward the Other. Love requires caring -- not caring about what benefit or enjoyment I can gain from you, but finding joy...
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Media Clippings
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Something's definitely up at The New York Times. I wrote a few weeks ago about the fact that the paper's travel section hadn't written about Israel as a splendid destination for intrepid tourists for so long I'd forgotten when the last time was. I said it had to be years ago, perhaps in the 1990s, once the Oslo peace accords...
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Effort to ban Israel's internal critics pits free speech against crisis of delegitimization
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It was one of those American Jewish dust-ups that play out along predictable lines and concluded with a predictable outcome. The left outrages the right, and the right responds in knee-jerk fashion by calling for banning the left from something that most people had never heard of. In the end, the left emerges with their right to speak triumphantly undiminished...
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It's hard to think of any cause that has as broad an appeal these days as environmentalism and concern for the future of the planet. So it's no surprise that a Jewish festival associated with such issues -- Tu B'Shevat, the annual holiday or New Year of Trees -- should also be rising in popularity. The 15th day of the...
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