Monday, March 30, 2015 Nisan 10, 5775
Doing community service has become a rite of passage for Jews of all ages. The "do-good" trend starts with preschoolers toting gently used toys to distribute to disadvantaged children. It continues with Bar and Bat Mitzvah teenagers, whose social-action projects are now required at most synagogues, and with college students opting for spring break and summer excursions to help post-flood...
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If you are 40 years old, female and have never gotten a mammogram, stop what you're doing right now. Pick up the phone, call your doctor and make an appointment. If you're the husband of a 40-year-old women and don't know whether your wife has ever gotten a mammogram, stop what you're doing and ask her. The same goes for...
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We Jews are good at counting Nobel Prize winners in our midst. We take understandable pride in the wildly disproportionate honors that members of the tribe have received over the years in areas as diverse as science, literature and peace. When an Israeli wins, the kvelling reaches even greater heights because the award bestows prestige on the Jewish state, as...
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"There is nothing new under the sun." This old adage from Ecclesiastes came to mind repeatedly this week as Palestinian violence threatened a third intifada in Jerusalem and a U.N. council decision to put off action on the controversial Goldstone report created an intra-Palestinian firestorm. Though seemingly unrelated, these developments -- all coming at the height of the Jewish holiday...
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The American Jewish Committee is out with its annual survey of U.S. Jewish opinion, and the major conclusion is not very surprising: When it comes to Mideast issues, at least, most Jews cling close to the center. Among the findings from the 800 respondents interviewed between Aug. 30 and Sept. 17: Some 60 percent favor the dismantling of some or...
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