Saturday, January 31, 2015 Shevat 11, 5775
By:
Shelley Kapnek Rosenberg
A recent transdenominational study shows significant support among North American congregations for embracing diverse populations, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. That's the good news. Less positive -- but not surprising -- was the finding that 73 percent of the 760 rabbis responding to the survey felt that their congregations were doing a good or excellent job welcoming LGBTQ...
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By:
Rodger Kamenetz
Purim is one of my favorite holidays. Living in New Orleans, where Mardi Gras takes over the city for two weeks every year, we know how to do Purim right. Masking is a fun part of Purim, but the fun also masks a serious point: The book of Esther, the last of the five scrolls, never mentions God by name...
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By:
Gregg J. Rickman
The 2001 World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance -- otherwise known as the Durban Conference -- was a parley hijacked by radicals betraying the real purpose of the event -- the confrontation of racial discrimination worldwide. The April 2009 Durban II conference promises to top that fiasco, despite the Obama administration's decision to attempt to influence...
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By:
​Derek Penslar
The winter of 2009 might appear to be an indelicate time to discuss the relationship between Jews and money. The world is in economic crisis, and Jews have figured in a number of discredited enterprises in the United States. Their alleged involvement in recent criminal financial activities (i.e., Bernie Madoff, Herbert and Marion Sandler) is particularly sensitive to the Jewish...
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By:
Burt Siegel
Eric Birnbaum and John Pawlowski probably never met; they didn't have all that much in common. One was a divorced, Jewish personal-injury lawyer with two daughters in college, gunned down in a suburban parking lot. The other was young enough to be his son; he was Catholic, with a pregnant wife. As a police officer in North Philadelphia, he knew...
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