Friday, December 19, 2014 Kislev 27, 5775
By:
Lorne Opler
I always thought of myself as one of the lucky Jews never directly affected by the Holocaust. My paternal grandparents arrived in the United States decades before World War II broke out. My mother's parents immigrated to Canada in the 1920s. Yet the Shoah was not completely absent from my childhood. It was incorporated in my Jewish day-school curriculum, woven...
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By:
Arthur Waskow and Phyllis Berman
If a pharaoh fell in the Red Sea but nobody told the story, did it actually happen? No. If no pharaoh fell in the Red Sea, but we told the story for 3,000 years, did it actually happen? Yes. Is it still happening? Yes. To people brought up in the modern mode of focusing on cold, hard facts, these responses...
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By:
Steven Windmueller
American Jews are political animals, deeply passionate about politics, as generally more than 80 percent of eligible Jewish voters participate in the electoral process. Throughout American history, Jews have held a special regard for their civic responsibility. Throughout much of the 20th century, Jews have supported Democratic Party candidates. Over time, there has been a debate about whether "the Jewish...
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By:
Alan Abbey
The youth baseball team I coach here in Jerusalem, the Wildcats -- comprised of 15 boys, ages 10-12, including my son -- had a game scheduled at the Kraft Family Stadium in central Jerusalem on Wednesday, March 23, at 5 p.m. In the morning, my biggest concern was whether we would be rained out. Instead, two hours before the first...
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By:
Rabbi Shmuel Jablon
The recent slaughter of five members of the Fogel family of Itamar, Israel, has led some people to suggest that it would be better for Jews not to live in "far-flung" areas of the "settlements," where they will be close to our enemies who seek to destroy us. Perhaps we should use whatever influence we have to encourage the "settlers"...
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