Saturday, August 23, 2014 Av 27, 5774
By:
Libby Horwitz, JE Feature
I had always planned to maintain my Judaism while in Albania, though I realized fairly quickly how flexible I needed to be to make this work. Soon after I arrived in the tiny town of Shijak, Passover started, and with it came my first challenge -- how to keep to the dietary restrictions while with a host family already confused...
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By:
Rabbi Mark Robbins
On Simchat Torah, we finish the Torah in an instant. The saga of Moses concludes. We stand ready to embrace our future, as a Jewish people, on the edge of the Promised Land. Just as quickly, we start the Torah again. We are thrust backwards to prehistory (let alone pre-Jewish history) and the story of creation. This ritual transition is...
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An Afghani Rosh Hashanah
By:
Avi Behar, JE Feature
Who would have thought that Afghanistan would be a place of unity for Jews? A few weeks ago I came across a flyer posted in the local chapel with times for services for every Christian denomination possible. A few hours later a thought of "Hey, why not" came across my mind. So, I walked and took a second glance. To...
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By:
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
On Sunday, Oct. 3, Central Park will become the staging area to kick off a new movement in educational reform. Dubbed the "Ultimate Block Party," our aim is to draw attention to what concerned scientists are calling the educational equivalent of "global warming." The young children in our preschools and primary schools today are the workforce of 2040, and all...
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By:
Barry Morrison
With the passing of summer, the election campaign season is in full gear, and with it partisan and cynical attacks, and too often, mean-spirited rhetoric. This rhetoric can divide our nation, harm the democratic process and even lead to violence. This phenomenon is not new. Shortly after the 2008 presidential election, an Anti-Defamation League report, "Rage Grows in America," warned...
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