Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774
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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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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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Media Clippings Several weeks ago, I heaped much-needed praise on Child magazine, which has always seemed to me to be the best of the ever-burgeoning crop of parenting magazines. Granted, a lot of it -- as is true of its competitors -- is fluff, but there is always at least one article per issue that's deserving of attention, that manages...
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Media Clippings Back in the good old days -- meaning 25 years or so ago -- there was a wonderful Jewish magazine called Present Tense, which was published by the American Jewish Committee, the same people who (still) put out Commentary. When Norman Podhoretz took over at the helm of Commentary, he turned it so far to the right that...
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