Friday, March 27, 2015 Nisan 7, 5775
Media Clippings
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A ridiculous coupling of subjects occurred in the "Style" section of The New York Times on Oct. 29. For some reason, this department, which seems dedicated to scraping together as much fluff as can be found in the world, has decided to run a weekly book review. Neither of these pursuits is objectionable -- either devotion to peddling fluff or...
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Advocacy Corner
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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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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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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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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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