Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774
Israeli leaders were right to quickly condemn the arson at a West Bank mosque this week, presumed to be perpetrated by Jewish extremists seeking to derail the fledgling peace talks. The Sunday-night incident -- in which the Koran and prayer rugs were burned -- was thought to be the latest so-called "price tag" operation aimed at pressuring the Israel government...
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Eve Pell
I am a WASP -- the five-times-great-granddaughter of John Jay, first chief justice of the United States and one of our founding fathers. When Elena Kagan, a Jew, takes her seat at the Oct. 4 opening of the U.S. Supreme Court, no Protestant will be left on that exalted bench. As a result, some pundits have been opining that we...
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It's unlikely that the U.S. Census Bureau had any clue that it was releasing its latest report on poverty on the eve of Yom Kippur, just as many of us were preparing to begin our fast and hear the powerful words of the prophet Isaiah, preaching the moral imperative to care for the oppressed and the poor. But the timing...
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Timing is everything. So what better time than during this season of reflection, repentance and renewal to reconsider the scarcity of time that characterizes so many of our lives? Indeed, so much in our tradition demands our attention to time. As the renowned Jewish thinker, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, wrote: "Jewish ritual may be characterized as the art of significant...
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Timing is everything. So what better time than during this season of reflection, repentance and renewal to reconsider the scarcity of time that characterizes so many of our lives? Indeed, so much in our tradition demands our attention to time. As the renowned Jewish thinker, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, wrote: "Jewish ritual may be characterized as the art of significant...
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