Friday, December 19, 2014 Kislev 27, 5775
By:
Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block
On Jan. 18, communities across the country will participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service. It is one of three "showcase" days of volunteering established in the past 20 years -- the others being Sept. 11 and Global Youth Service Day in April. And it's indicative of a broader trend. Involvement in service in this country has...
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By:
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
Like many people these days, I am a busy man. But that did not stop me from taking off several weeks from my professional life to fight Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's plan to take up residence directly next door to me this past August and September during the U.N. General Assembly. With my friend Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes -- and...
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By:
Daniel Pipes
As hands are being wrung in the aftermath of a near-tragedy on a Northwest Airlines flight approaching Detroit on Dec. 25, a conversation from London's Heathrow airport in 1986 comes to mind. It consisted of an El Al security agent quizzing one Ann-Marie Doreen Murphy, a 32-year-old recent arrival in London from Sallynoggin, Ireland. While working as a chambermaid at...
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Sid Schwarz
I have more than a passing interest in the debate that's emerged about Jewish social entrepreneurship, which has become a hot topic in the blogosphere. I am a serial entrepreneur, having founded a synagogue (Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, Md.), a national Jewish educational organization (the PANIM Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values) and a national interfaith initiative (the...
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By:
​Edgar M. Bronfman and Randall Kaplan
When the Jewish people seeks an exemplar for openness and hospitality, we often turn to our patriarch Abraham. In one fascinating chapter in Genesis, we learn that just three days after his circumcision, an ailing Abraham rushes from his tent in the heat of the day to welcome three passing visitors, who turn out to be divine messengers. Our tradition...
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