Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775
By:
Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman
My friend -- I'll call her Ruth -- was luxuriating, swimming across a friend's New England pond on a beautiful summer day. At some point, she noticed that she was propelling herself across the water with the breaststroke. "Yuck," she thought, "here I am swimming like an old lady." Ruth, who recently turned 70 and retired from an influential professional...
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By:
Dasee Berkowitz
In the words of Elton John, why is it that "sorry seems to be the hardest word?" With a sense of schadenfreude , we take pleasure in watching politicians and celebrities fall from grace and then lie in an attempt to cover things up. We relish TV shows like The Good Wife based on character transformations of unfaithful partners and...
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By:
Leonard Felder
Have you ever been sitting at a Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur service and asked yourself, "Why am I feeling somewhat distant from the wording of these prayers?" Or, "Why do I feel so distracted here and the service is so lengthy?" You are not alone in these feelings. As a psychotherapist and author, I've heard from thousands of diverse...
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By:
Ilana Goldhaber-Gordon
There was a time when I could not read the story of the binding of Isaac without wishing for a different ending -- that Abraham would stand up to God, refusing to harm his son. Some of my rabbinic colleagues redefine the story, ignoring God's words, "because you did this thing and did not hold back your precious son from...
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By:
Harris Devor and Asaf Romirowsky
As almost everyone knows by now, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is planning to march into the United Nations this month and demand statehood for the Palestinians by way of a Unilateral Declaration of Independence. Such a state would be in lands east of the 1949 armistice lines, established after Israel's War of Independence, as well as in the Gaza...
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