Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774
By:
Amos N. Guiora
American decision-makers are on the eve of a decision of monumental importance. President Barack Obama is considering deploying tens of thousands of additional American soldiers to Afghanistan in a war he called "fundamental to the defense of our people" in his August speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Similarly, Pakistan -- an unstable regime with nuclear warheads -- is...
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By:
Ruth Messinger
We live in a world that has more than its share of inequity and injustice. Thus, we have to decide -- as citizens of this country and the world -- whether and how we can open our own eyes, challenge ourselves and, most importantly, not allow ourselves the convenience of being overwhelmed. While nobody can tackle all of the world's...
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By:
Jack Wertheimer
From now on, Jewish groups will likely think twice before using any variation on the word "assimilation." That's one lesson learned from the recent brouhaha over a 34-second commercial on Israeli television promoting the Jewish Agency for Israel's Masa program, which brings young Jews to Israel for sustained periods of work, study and volunteering. The advertisement, which paired photos of...
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By:
Rabbi Arthur Waskow
An old Southern black song cries out: "God gave Noah the rainbow sign; No more water, the fire next time." Long before that, the ancient rabbis spoke of a mabul eysh -- a "flood of fire." In their days, they were fantasies. But in our generation, the flood of fire has come upon us in the form of global scorching...
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By:
Mike Weilbacher
As a naturalist who has spent decades sharing nature's wonders, I am trembling in trepidation of our upcoming Torah readings. For me, the juxtaposition between text and reality is just too jarring. As we cycle back on Simchat Torah to the opening words of Bereshit this Saturday night, the Bible begins with a bang--"let there be light"-- and Creation unfolds...
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