Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775
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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By:
Dan Gottlieb
After being in a wheelchair for 30 years, I have repeated identity crises -- and therapy hasn't helped me. Just look at how our language has evolved over the years. When I was in graduate school in the 1960s, we used words like "imbecile" and "cripple" to describe people like me. Then we evolved to "invalid" and "retarded," then "handicapped"...
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By:
Gideon Aronoff
Gov. Jan Brewer and those of us who believe in compassionate and fair immigration laws are in complete agreement on one thing: The Draconian bill she signed into law recently is the result of the federal government failing to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Like Brewer, HIAS is frustrated with the inaction in Washington, and the resulting effect it has had...
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