Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775
By:
Rabbi Todd Zeff
When we look to the Torah for guidance in handling challenges in our modern world, our eyes do not usually fall on the agricultural laws detailed in the recent weekly parshah, or Torah portion. But in its teaching of the Jewish laws of the Jubilee year, the Torah offers both a model and an imperative that can help us re-envision...
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By:
Nathan Diament
For decades, the American Jewish community has debated the advisability, constitutionality and necessity of government aid to Jewish (and other faiths') parochial schools. But with the United States still experiencing tough economic challenges, the American Jewish community finds its schools under greater financial stress than ever. This reality, alongside the solidification of court rulings upholding government aid programs and a...
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By:
Dana Evan Kaplan
Six graduates of the cantorial program of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion were ordained earlier this month at Temple Emanu-El in New York. The key word here is "ordained." Since the cantorial school was established at HUC in 1948, cantors have been invested rather than ordained. The difference, as JTA put it, was more than "a word." It...
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By:
Sara H. Wenger
The Huffington Post recently reported that Jewish girls are affected by relational aggression at least equal to, if not at a greater rate, than the general teen population. Mothers, when made aware of the problem, are sometimes confused as to how and when to effectively intervene. Often, mothers are not even aware of a problem until a more serious crisis...
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By:
Sharon Duke Estroff
When I was 8, I had names picked out for all of my future offspring (a dozen baby girls). At 13, I had my own babysitting business.
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