Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Tammuz 14, 5775
By:
Alan Silverstein
Conservative Judaism is dying, I hear -- or at least according to the media. Not so. Please don't tell me that because North America's United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism has had its problems, that means Conservative/ Masorti Judaism is declining around the Jewish world. Yes, the number of USCJ affiliates has diminished from its peak of 800 a half-century ago...
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By:
Dasee Berkowitz
When was the last time you stood on your head? If you don't practice yoga, and you're not a 2-year-old, it's probably been quite a while. But being upside-down is nothing new for Jews on Purim. It's a holiday known for the expression nahafochu , Hebrew for "to be turned on its head." And when your world is turned upside-down,...
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By:
Michael Rosenzweig
The National Museum of American Jewish History recently opened its grand new facility on Independence Mall to great national and local acclaim. American Jews are overwhelmingly proud of the museum and all that its presence on the mall -- the very birthplace of American freedom -- represents. The museum tells a story told nowhere else -- of why and how...
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By:
Jay M. Starr
Most of our great-grandparents and grandparents landed here from Eastern Europe between 1880 and 1920 in four great waves of immigration, and quickly grasped the differences between America and Europe. Although they'd known poverty in their shtetls, the conditions of the sweatshops and mills of industrial America were new. But here they found the freedom to speak, write and gather...
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By:
Harold Messinger
Two weeks ago in Parshah Ki Tisa, Moshe comes down the mountain after receiving the word of God, whereupon seeing the Israelites dancing around the golden calf, he smashes the Ten Commandments. Later, he will receive a new set, and place the broken shards of the first one with the unbroken and "perfect" set in the Kodseh HaKodashim ("the Holy...
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