Saturday, August 23, 2014 Av 27, 5774
By:
Leon A. Morris
Change is afoot in Reform Judaism. A new president of the Union for Reform Judaism has been selected. The movement has launched a series of nationwide public forums to discuss its future. Hundreds of Reform rabbis have endorsed a plan to achieve greater efficiency in the movement's institutions. Rethinking dues structures, using technology more effectively and sharing best practices are...
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By:
Abraham H. Foxman
President Barack Obama's speeches at the State Department and to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee provoked strong reactions in among Jews. Some castigated the president, particularly for his reference to the pre-1967 lines "with land swaps" as the basis for Palestinian-Israeli talks. Others lauded Mr. Obama for his clear support for Israel as a Jewish state and for his...
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By:
Rabbi Lynda Targan
We are now observing a period called Sefirat HaOmer, the counting of the Omer, a verbal counting of each of the 49 days plus one between Passover and Shavuot. It is customary during the Omer counting to study Pirkei Avot, a rabbinic blueprint for ethical living, and to ask ourselves the big questions that allow us to be the best...
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By:
Alexander Kornhauser
Peter Beinart's "The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment," printed last year in the New York Review of Books , was one of the most astonishingly ungrounded articles I've read. He used the piece as a platform to mock the au courant foe of the liberal academic establishment: international Zionism and Israeli right-wing political parties. In his doomsday scenario, Beinart...
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By:
Michael Pasek
In his controversial piece written a year ago, "The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment," Peter Beinart exposed the apathetic stance taken by many young Jews toward Israel. Detailing how young liberal Jews refused to be pigeonholed into a group-think and overarching defense of conservative Israeli politics, Beinart highlighted the dissonance between institutions claiming to embody Jewish values, while supporting...
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