Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775
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Samuel Freedman
As the Havdalah ritual serves to remind us, Judaism sanctifies separation. We separate holy days from ordinary days, Shabbat from the rest of the week, light from darkness, purity from impurity. There is one sort of division, however, that Judaism refuses to hallow. That is the disengagement of cause and effect. If anything, our holy texts, prophetic injunctions, historical memory...
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Media Clippings As I read the small item in the arts section of the April 30 New York Times , it felt as if my heart were being sliced into small pieces. New York University was proposing to demolish the near-mythic Provincetown Playhouse in Greenwich Village as part of an expansion project. And, as reporter Felicia R. Lee noted, not...
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By:
Gilead Ini
"Part anarchy, part mob rule" might seem like a description of the American frontier in the days of the Wild West, but it's actually a reference to today's Internet frontier. It's how Larry Sanger describes Wikipedia, the hugely popular online encyclopedia that, to the dismay of teachers everywhere, is used as an educational tool by millions worldwide. Sanger isn't just...
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By:
Leonard Fein
By now, the McCain-Hagee incident has run its course. Pastor John Hagee has been revealed as a theological boor and John McCain has deftly, if belatedly, stepped away from the Hagee embrace he had earlier so assiduously sought and so gratefully welcomed. "Boor" is a rough word, I know. So let Hagee speak for himself in his book Jerusalem Countdown:...
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By:
Elliot Jager
This past month brought two more reasons -- if any were needed -- to bolster the case for disbanding Israel's established "church" and its ultra-Orthodox curia. The first was the ruling by a panel of High Rabbinical Court judges upholding an earlier decision by the Ashdod rabbinical court that retroactively annulled a 15-year-old conversion to Judaism by Rabbi Haim Druckman,...
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