Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774

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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Janusz Makuch jokingly refers to himself as "a Shabbas goy," but the moniker is not so far from the truth. The 47-year-old Catholic directs a Jewish festival in Poland that celebrates the cultural riches that once sustained the more than 3 million Jews who used to live in that country before the Holocaust. The odd thing is, since the majority...
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The authorities came late at night, without warning, dragging people from their beds like criminals. No explanations were offered, despite all pleas. The next thing that the dazed, innocent victims knew, they were on trains, with the blinds drawn, traveling to unknown destinations, uncertain of what the future held for them. It sounds like a scenario right out of Nazi-occupied...
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Savor those Sukkot evenings, whether your fruits are fresh or fake
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Sukkot is a joyous holiday. In biblical times, it was referred to as "The Festival" (also now known as "The Festival of Booths"), and Jews made pilgrimages to the Temple in Jerusalem. It was a celebration of a bountiful autumn harvest -- a Jewish Thanksgiving. In ancient times, the sukkah was a flimsy shelter built by farmers bringing in the...
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To mark the 220th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution by its framers, Aharon Barak, recently retired president of the Supreme Court of Israel, outlined the role judges play in his country's democratic process -- one that's besieged by security concerns and lacks a written constitution to guide jurisprudence. "Every battle a country faces must be waged in...
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An existential question: Is there choice involved in the rescuing?
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How do you explain goodness, really get at the essence of what it is? Its properties are as mysterious -- as unexplainable -- as what motivates people to indulge in the worst sorts of evil. Goodness may, in fact, be even more resistant to explication than its opposite, since we've all been moved to hatred and so can tap into...
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