Thursday, October 2, 2014 Tishri 8, 5775
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Alexis Kashar and Naomi Brunnlehrman
The Conservative movement, through its Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, has taken a historic step in acknowledging that deaf and hard-of-hearing people are entitled to stand with the Jewish community as equals. Not only did the law committee vote to recognize the users of sign language as equals, it also issued a mandate, or teshuvah, that synagogues and organizations...
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Michael Freund
Last month, an extraordinary meeting of Israel's ministerial committee on immigration and absorption took place in the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem. At the top of the agenda was the fate of more than 7,000 Bnei Menashe, a long-lost community living in the farthest reaches of northeastern India. The Bnei Menashe, or "sons of Manasseh," are descendants of one of...
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REFLECTIONS Nineteen years ago, the first time I saw U2 live at New York's Yankee Stadium, I stood in anticipation, practically quaking with excitement. Last week, as the summer light faded and nearly 70,000 people waited for the band to take the stage at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, I took full advantage of my assigned seat and hoped I'd be...
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Erica Brown
Amid the summertime clutter of towels and beach umbrellas lies something darker and more painful on the Jewish calendar: The Three Weeks mourning period,which began July 19 with a fast. Also known by its name from the book of Lamentations, Bein Ha-mitzarim, between the straits or narrow places, the Three Weeks commemorate the ancient siege of Jerusalem and the subsequent...
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Stephen Hazan Arnoff and Steven M. Cohen
JDub Records, the innovative nonprofit music endeavor that discovered Matisyahu and other artists, released 35 albums and brought 150,000 participants to concerts and events, announced recently that it would be closing after nine years of successful operation. The principal cause: inability to secure sufficient, ongoing philanthropic support. The impending closure of one of the most promising start-ups in the Jewish...
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