Monday, April 21, 2014 Nisan 21, 5774
By:
Uri Snyder
Not long ago, I was one of those millions of young Americans who found themselves without a job after graduation. So I pursued an internship, which has become a critical step toward professional development for my generation. But what mattered most in the end was not just what I did, but where I went -- to Israel. For five months,...
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Recognize the Power of This Time, and Its Potential for Change
By:
Rabbi Charles Kroloff
The High Holidays bring with them a creative tension: respect for tradition alongside a call for change, a time when we are aware of both our blessings and our responsibilities. We hear this piercing call at the center of our High Holiday liturgy: "Let us proclaim the sacred power of this day," we pray during Unetanah Tokef. "It is awesome...
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By:
Saul P. Wachs
For many years, it has been my privilege and pleasure to spend summers in Israel. With seven grandchildren close by, access to the family is easy and very satisfying. There is time to study and write, and to visit with the many friends who have made aliyah. My wife, Diane Cover, is able to pursue her passion for painting. The...
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By:
Walter Ruby
Over the last few months, I have had a front-row seat to history. Last May, I spoke at a public hearing of Manhattan's Community Board No. 1 in support of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and Daisy Khan, the husband-and-wife team that initiated plans to build a multistory Islamic center two blocks north of ground zero, once the site of the...
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By:
Jeffrey K. Salkin
I admire my colleagues and friends who have been courageous enough to speak out against the anti-Islam hysteria that tends to surround conversations about the Islamic center being planned for a property that for many is uncomfortably close to ground zero. They have shown themselves to be paragons of religious tolerance, and for this, I commend them. But in the...
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