Friday, November 28, 2014 Kislev 6, 5775
By:
Jason Miller
As a Conservative rabbi and member of the movement's Rabbinical Assembly, I cannot officially consider Jewish descent to be determined patrilineally -- from the father. In its Code of Professional Conduct, the section detailing the responsibilities for membership in the R.A. currently lists four standards of religious practice. The first: "Matrilineality determines Jewish status." Yet like many Jews who regard...
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Rabbi Andrew M. Sacks
I was raised in the Wynnefield neighborhood of Philadelphia. As a child, I recall that very few neighbors were not Jewish. There were at least six synagogues, a day school, a Jewish War Veterans Post, a folk shul and many stores that catered to the overwhelmingly Jewish population. In 1964, ours was the first family on our block to sell...
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By:
Shelly Barnathan
This week, the world Jewish community lost a woman whose talents touched deep and tender places in our souls. That woman was the legendary singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman. Debbie, in her sweet and strong voice, sang with our voice. Her melodies and words calmed us, inspired us and healed us. It was one of Debbie's early albums, "And You Shall Be...
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By:
Douglas Bloomfield
Israel can expect a whole lot of lovin' from the incoming GOP-led House of Representatives, but will it get the big bucks it wants and expects as well? The budget hawks elected in November take office in less than two weeks with a mandate to slash federal spending, and aid to Israel may not escape their claws. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen...
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By:
Abraham H. Foxman
What led me to write Jews and Money: The Story of a Stereotype was the cumulative effect of a host of recent anti-Semitic statements focusing on money matters. A number of these comments made a deep impression on me. One was the claim that Lehman Brothers, immediately before its collapse, transferred $400 billion to Israeli banks. It reminded me of...
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