Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774
The efforts of anti-Israel activists to pass divestment resolutions at the University of California, San Diego, and University of California, Berkeley, are troubling developments, but not for the reasons their proponents are proclaiming. These resolutions -- thwarted by pro-Israel students on campus in both cases -- hold little practical impact and likely would be overturned on technical grounds if they...
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When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at the United Nations earlier this month, he made his umpteenth attack on Israel and the United States. His speech prompted John Bolton, a former United States ambassador to the United Nations, who quit his post out of frustration, to tell Israel Army Radio that he is not surprised that the "head of an...
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By:
Rabbi Arthur Waskow
The oil-well disaster on the Gulf Coast of the United States may seem purely the product of modern technology. But there are many teachings in the Torah that focus on the spiritual failings that give rise to such disasters. The Jewish community should now take those teachings more seriously and act more vigorously to prevent such disasters in the future...
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By:
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael
The book of Ruth is read at this time of year on Shavuot. Traditionally an agrarian holiday celebrating the barley harvest, Shavuot also represents the sacred marriage between Israel and the Divine. The themes of harvest and relationships are also present in the book of Ruth, which is a story of people from different faiths and cultures joining together out...
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A Mother's Day Reflection
By:
Joan H. Sadoff
"I am Woman," sung by Helen Reddy, was at the top of the charts. Skirts were short, hair and sideburns were long, and platform shoes were the rage. It was 1973, and the eldest of our four children was about to become the first Bat Mitzvah of her generation in our family. Both sets of grandparents had traveled from Miami...
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