Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774
By:
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Joel Segel
For many of us, let's face it -- the upcoming High Holidays will be anything but a high. Oh, we'll pack every pew in the synagogues, dressed in our holiday best. We'll be there for hours, rising when told to, sinking thankfully back into our seats, reading responsively. Many enjoy the communal aspect of it, the tunes they remember from...
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By:
Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz
The start of the New Year, the month of Tishrei, is full of holy days, among them four foundational ones: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah-Shemini Atzeret. They are as different from one another as possible. Yet, we may also think of all four as two pairs of two. The first two -- the day of memory and...
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By:
Gabriel Max Scheinmann
Thirty years ago this month, 800 U.S. Marines waded onto Beirut's beaches tasked with facilitating the evacuation of thousands of PLO terrorists out of Lebanon in the hopes of ending a conflict that had ensnared Syria and Israel. That mission, explicitly defined and time-limited, was successful. Shortly after the last Marine left Lebanese soil, however, President Ronald Reagan ordered them...
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By:
Alan Elsner
What does it mean to be faced with an existential threat? It means you, your family, your city, your country — an entire nation — could cease to exist at any moment based on the decision of another actor, over whom you have no control. Add to this that this other actor tells you at every opportunity that he lusts...
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By:
Stuart Appelbaum
When Congress declared Labor Day a public holiday in 1894, workers had more to lament than to celebrate: an economic depression, a growing concentration of corporate wealth and power, and the brutal suppression of their unions. A momentous national railroad strike to protest deep wage cuts — and the summary firing of workers who dared to voice their grievances —...
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