Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774
By:
David E. Edman
Americans have access to the best health care in the world, but our system of insurance is broken, leading to unacceptably high health care costs, wasteful spending and a lack of access or insurance for some. Experts agree that approximately 30 percent of the $2.5 trillion dollars of our annual health care expenses are wasted on unnecessary, inappropriate and poor...
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Dina Siegel Vann
The upheaval in Iran following the disputed presidential elections has thrust one veteran of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, back into the spotlight. As chairman of the powerful Guardians Council, Rafsanjani could still emerge as a counterweight to the hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But Rafsanjani is not the moderate many believe him to be. As we...
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By:
Gregg J. Rickman
During the 1990s, the world was seized with stories of Nazi plunder and heirless property from the Holocaust era. Stolen bank accounts, looted artwork, confiscated real estate and payments for slave labor made front-page headlines, were the talk of congressional hearings and became the subject of international diplomacy. By the decade's end, billions of dollars had been returned to survivors...
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By:
Rabbi Jill Jacobs
The Fourth of July is a time for the American Jewish community to celebrate the unprecedented freedom that the United States has afforded all its citizens. While anti-Semitism has not disappeared, Jews in America enjoy religious liberties that few other such communities in history have experienced, have attained economic and educational success, and have risen to the highest echelons of...
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Ron Wolfson Ron Wolfson
Now that the earthly trial of Bernard Madoff has ended with a sentence of 150 years in prison, he will await his next trial -- the heavenly one. Although eschatology is not emphasized in Judaism, there is a recurring metaphor in rabbinic literature of a "heavenly tribunal," an accounting of one's actions on earth. For 2,000 years, rabbis have imagined...
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