Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774
By:
Jay M. Starr
The best thing ever produced by committee is the King James Bible. Its impact on the English language -- its beauty and power -- is unsurpassed. Its influence on Christian doctrine and interpretation, and especially on Protestant Christianity's role in shaping American thought and culture, is profound. Now comes a new English translation of the New Testament, including the Gnostic...
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Shofar as Wake-Up Call to Assess Ourselves and the Middle East
By:
Rabbi Pesach Lerner
With the advent of Rosh Hashanah, reflection and introspection dominate our thoughts as we are called upon to examine our lives and focus on improving ourselves, both as human beings and as Jews. One hallmark of the High Holiday season is the concept of teshuvah, or repentance: the act of acknowledging our flaws and transgressions, of owning up to our...
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By:
Eric Yoffie
Who won the latest round of the conversion wars? No one. In these wars, everybody loses. To be sure, a broad-based coalition of American Jews -- anchored by the federation system, and the Reform and Conservative movements -- succeeded in convincing Israel's leaders to delay a vote on a controversial new conversion bill in the Knesset. This was a monumental...
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By:
Robert S. Wistrich
This year, Tisha B'Av once again reminded us of the dangers of "gratuitous hatred" without rhyme or reason for one's fellow Jews; the kind of hatred for its own sake, which seems more recently to have become part of our everyday Israeli reality. While divisions between Orthodox and secular Jews, or the bitter antagonism toward settlers in the West Bank,...
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By:
Lori Samlin Miller, JE Feature
Driving out of Wynnefield to escape the summer heat, we found ourselves cruising down the Black Horse Pike, heading toward Atlantic City. In the 1960s of my youth, both of these towns were enclaves for Jewish immigrants of Eastern European descent. Back then, Atlantic City -- with its beach and boardwalk -- teemed with year-round and vacationing Jews, but only...
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