Sunday, August 30, 2015 Elul 15, 5775
By:
Barry Rubin
The real reason why there isn't Israeli-Palestinian peace has little to do with Israeli or American policies but rather relates to that most neglected of all regional issues: Palestinian politics and ideology. The basic problem is that the Palestinian movement has not truly reconciled itself to a two-state solution. Rather, it persists in believing that total victory, with Israel's disappearance...
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By:
Jehuda Reinhar
The Talmud teaches that if a king of Israel dies, all Jews are eligible to succeed him. But if a scholar dies, he cannot be replaced. I hope this is not so. Like the Talmudic sages, today's Jewish educators have made it their life's work to ensure safe passage of our age-old tradition from one generation to the next. But...
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By:
​Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman
Those of us in -- or approaching -- the second half of life, find ourselves in uncharted terrain. We can expect, with any luck, to live another two, three or even four decades. Our lives are not nearly over. We certainly don't feel old, and in the wake of the economic downturn, retirement will remain for many of us a...
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By:
Rabbi Mayer Selekman
Visit any Conservative, Reconstructionist or Reform congregation on a Shabbat morning where there's a Bat/Bar Mitzvah in an interfaith family, and observe who's participating, where and how. Are both parents sitting on the bimah? Are both parents reciting the blessings for their aliyah during the Torah reading? Are both sets of grandparents participating in the handing down of the Torah?...
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By:
Robert S. Wistrich
On Nov. 9, 1938, a massive nationwide anti-Jewish pogrom took place during peacetime across the entire territory of the Third Reich. The pretext for this orgy of violence against German Jews was the shooting in Paris two days earlier of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by Herschel Grynszpan, a 17-year-old Polish-Jewish refugee. The state-organized pogrom -- instigated by Hitler and...
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