Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775
By:
Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
Vacht oif yidn! "Awake, fellow Jews!" Summer is fading, and small winds blow the first leaves off the trees. Soon, the shofar will sound, and we'll be asked for this year's accounting. Are we ready? Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur give us the chance to reflect on the texture of our days. When we're young, that task is easier. Ten-year...
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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
British Parliament member Dennis MaShane writes in The Washington Post ( www.washingtonpost . com ) on Sept. 4 about the new anti-Semitism: "Hatred of Jews has reached new heights in Europe, and many points south and east of the old continent. Last year, I chaired a blue-ribbon committee of British parliamentarians, including former ministers and a party leader, that examined...
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By:
Rabbi Jerome Epstein
At this time of the year, especially, as we end the old year and begin the new one, we look back on where we came from as we dream of new directions. We reflect on our ancestors -- the ancestors we read about in the Torah, the figures who shaped our people's history, and our own families' forebears. Each contributed...
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By:
Samuel Freedman
In the most pivotal moment of Arthur Miller's most famous play, a teenage boy shows up unannounced in the Boston hotel room occupied by the salesman father he reveres, the character indelibly named Willy Loman. The son, Biff, is a high school football star on the verge of flunking a math class, thereby dooming the mutual, filial dream of a...
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By:
Isi Leibler
As we review the events of 5767, there's no denying that Israel underwent yet another annus horribilis -- an awful year. The people lack confidence in their failed leaders. Despite the disastrous unilateral withdrawals that undermined Israel's security, missiles are still being launched from Gaza against Israeli citizens, who have been transformed into refugees in their own land. Much of...
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