Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774
By:
Rafael Medoff
The response that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received when he addressed Congress last month came from both sides of the aisle. Democrats and Republicans took part in the numerous standing ovations. Afterward, both parties made statements criticizing President Barack Obama's positions and supporting Israel's. But perhaps it's not so surprising that the prime minister attracted such bipartisan support since...
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By:
Edmon J. Rodman
Ruth's day is coming. Not the Ruth with all the home runs. The other Ruth, the biblical one who hit an eternal shot for Jews by Choice. We read her book and story on Shavuot. Her words of commitment spoken to her mother-in-law, Naomi, travel over time to us on the holiday: "Wherever you go I will go, and wherever...
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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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