Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775
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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By:
Ed Lion
Shortly after Yom Kippur 70 years ago, my father, grandparents and some 6,000 other Jews were deported from the border region of southwest Germany to internment camps in southern France. For the next 18 months, my father, Kurt Lion, endured deprivation as he nursed his ailing parents first in the Gurs, and later in the Rivesaltes camps. His father, Philip,...
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