Monday, November 24, 2014 Kislev 2, 5775
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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The launch of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians for the first time in nearly two years is being greeted with a justifiable mix of skepticism, fear and hope. Reasons for the skepticism are obvious. Given the decades of failed attempts to bring peace to the land and the fact that the Palestinians had to practically be dragged to...
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It just doesn't seem fair. After all, the pools are still filled. Summer, for so many of us, begins when the local swimming holes open on Memorial Day, and officially ends when they close on Labor Day. But this year, many area students will don their backpacks and board their buses well before the holiday weekend gets rolling. Those students...
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