Saturday, January 31, 2015 Shevat 11, 5775
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Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
Kids have played with dreidels on Chanukah for centuries. But these days, dreidels are not just for children. In fact, playing dreidel on Chanukah has become so popular that we now have public events that incorporate them, including the largest number of tops being spun, the largest group of people doing the spinning, etc. One might imagine that these are...
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The wretched behavior of intellectuals never fails to startle, and the shenanigans of Jean-Paul Sartre and his mistress Simone de Beauvoir seem to grow more deplorable as new revelations pile up. Back in 1993, Bianca Bienenfeld, the daughter of Polish Jewish refugees, who'd been passed back and forth between the two writers beginning in the late 1930s, published her memoirs,...
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No Way to Explain Away the Crude Muslim Hatred of Jews Journalist Jonathan Freedland writes in Britain's Guardian ( www.guardian.co.uk ) on Dec. 14 about the sickness bequeathed by the West to the Muslim world: "There were few memorable moments in the [British] election campaign of 2005, but there's one I won't forget. It came when I was interviewing a...
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By:
Daniel Doron
It was high time for the Israeli political system, sclerotic and increasingly corrupt, to be shaken up. Unfortunately, the recent political upheaval launched by Ariel Sharon's departure from the Likud looks more like the rearranging of the deck chairs on a sinking Titanic . However sensational the rearrangements of political alignments may seem, they will probably not address the paralysis...
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By:
Robert M. Heller and Rabbi Eric Yoffie
The discussion and debate that preceded the introduction of the resolution on the Iraq war at the recent convention of the Union for Reform Judaism were intense, befitting the magnitude of the subject. In the end, the resolution - the first by any major Jewish organization (and among the first by any American religious movement) to explicitly speak to our...
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