Saturday, August 23, 2014 Av 27, 5774
By:
Alan Luxenberg
It is by now a commonplace to lament the significant drop-out rate from Hebrew school following the age of Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Unfortunately, a majority of Jewish students will enter college -- now reputed to be a place of widespread hostility toward the State of Israel -- with no formal Jewish education beyond seventh or eighth grade. What understanding...
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Advocacy Corner
By:
Asaf Romirowsky
The latest book by Carmen Callil, Bad Faith: A Forgotten History of Family and Fatherland meticulously details the actions of Louis Darquier de Pellepoix, the Vichy official who organized the deportation of French Jews to Auschwitz. Callil's hypothesis goes astray as she decided to comment on the Israeli-Palestinian dynamic, saying that Palestinians are all oppressed by Israelis. Consequently, the French...
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By:
Rabbi Jerome M. Epstein
Conservative Judaism has taken a historic step by opening a door to the ordination of gay men and women, and same-sex commitment ceremonies. In line with Conservative Judaism's most cherished values, this decision reflects both a reasoned approach toward halachah and respect for ever-evolving Conservative beliefs and practices. It is important to understand that the responsa, or decisions, of the...
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By:
Rabbi Avi Shafran
Jewish clouds, like others, sometimes have silver linings. And so, some of us hope that a glimmer may surround the Conservative movement's recent endorsement of a position permitting commitment ceremonies between people of the same gender and the ordination as Conservative rabbis of people living openly homosexual lives. To be sure, the decision is tragic and telling. Tragic because it...
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Bush and the Democratic Congress must reject making Israel pay for Iraq exit
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Right now, most Americans are ready to sign on to just about anything as long as it is labeled "exit from Iraq." To listen to the current debate about the war and the deepening despair over the never-ending toll of blood and treasure that it has cost us, the notion of an American flight from the conflict is no longer...
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