Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774
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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Isn't it a bit odd that it's still so difficult to find a seat in synagogue on the High Holidays? With all the hand-wringing over declining affiliation among American Jewry-- and the survey numbers to back it up -- you'd think that attendance on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur would be down, too. The fact that it's still the place...
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It's going to take a lot of diplomacy -- and more -- to keep the fledgling Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations going. No one expected these talks to be easy, but if the parties are serious, they will persevere despite disagreements that will inevitably arise. Not surprisingly, a huge brouhaha has erupted over Israel's decision not to extend its 10-month moratorium on...
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