Thursday, November 27, 2014 Kislev 5, 5775
By:
Marc Erlbaum, JE Feature
Humanity has been searching for "the meaning of life" from the beginning of time, but it could be argued that today -- with global terrorism, ecological disasters, civil unrest and economic meltdowns -- life is more perplexing than ever before. If we don't find answers to the big questions now, there may soon be no life left to interpret. At...
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By:
Robert M. Rubin
From both Judaic and non-Judaic philosophy, we know the value of an open mind, the significance of respect for others and the importance of knowledge. Without these elements, we are incomplete human beings. Hillel, when challenged to explain the Torah while standing on one foot, said, "That which is hateful to you, do not do to others. That is the...
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By:
Marina Furman
My family and I weren't in Philadelphia when Joe Smukler died last month. We were in Russia. To be more exact, we were at the cemetery in St. Petersburg at the grave of my mother-in-law where my husband, Lev, had the chance to say Kaddish where his mother is buried for the first time in 11 years. We saw many...
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By:
Edgar M. Bronfman
Throughout a half-century of diplomatic work, I have learned to tell the politicians from the friends and the charlatans from the statesmen. Charlatans scream. They tell you what you want to hear and call other people names. Friends and leaders need not rely on rhetoric or boisterous bravado. They produce results and act on principle. President Barack Obama is such...
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By:
Norm Coleman
It has become a ritual of American politics for presidential candidates to pay a visit to Israel during the campaign season, but Mitt Romney's trip to Jerusalem over the weekend is not his first mission to the Jewish state -- it's his fourth -- and it won't be his last. I've known Mitt Romney for a long time, and know...
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