Monday, June 27, 2016 Sivan 21, 5776
Recognize the Power of This Time, and Its Potential for Change
By:
Rabbi Charles Kroloff
The High Holidays bring with them a creative tension: respect for tradition alongside a call for change, a time when we are aware of both our blessings and our responsibilities. We hear this piercing call at the center of our High Holiday liturgy: "Let us proclaim the sacred power of this day," we pray during Unetanah Tokef. "It is awesome...
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By:
Jeffrey K. Salkin
I admire my colleagues and friends who have been courageous enough to speak out against the anti-Islam hysteria that tends to surround conversations about the Islamic center being planned for a property that for many is uncomfortably close to ground zero. They have shown themselves to be paragons of religious tolerance, and for this, I commend them. But in the...
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By:
Walter Ruby
Over the last few months, I have had a front-row seat to history. Last May, I spoke at a public hearing of Manhattan's Community Board No. 1 in support of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and Daisy Khan, the husband-and-wife team that initiated plans to build a multistory Islamic center two blocks north of ground zero, once the site of the...
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By:
Saul P. Wachs
For many years, it has been my privilege and pleasure to spend summers in Israel. With seven grandchildren close by, access to the family is easy and very satisfying. There is time to study and write, and to visit with the many friends who have made aliyah. My wife, Diane Cover, is able to pursue her passion for painting. The...
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By:
​Misha Galperin
As the controversy over the conversion issue reached a fever pitch last month, a group of Israeli soldiers shuffled past flowerbeds into classrooms at the Jewish Agency's Kiryat Moriah educational center in Jerusalem. Four hundred soldiers, many of them immigrants, come together from every army unit for 14 hours a day of learning. The lesson has nothing to do with...
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