Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774

By:
Rabbi Michael Balinksy
There is much discussion currently about imposing limits on blasphemy. It seems clear that the vast majority of those in the West oppose it and many in Muslim-majority countries support it. I would argue that Judaism has not only tolerated blasphemy, but found a place for it in its sacred texts. This does not mean that communities have always handled...
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By:
Daniel Eisenstadt and Michael Granoff
The greatest success story in recent Jewish history has become one of the world's best-kept secrets in under a generation. On Dec. 6, 1987, when Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrived in Washington, D.C., more than a quarter-million American Jews -- Democrats and Republicans, observant and secular, and individuals representing the entire spectrum of Israeli politics -- gathered on the National...
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By:
Lorne Opler
The last wail of the shofar has been sounded. Our prayers for a heal­thy and good year ahead have been delivered. And those leftover bagels and cream cheese from the break fast? They became your office lunch for the next three days. The High Holidays are over — back to work, back to school, back to business as usual. As...
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By:
Rafael Medoff
“Do you want to start a Holy Jihad?” That blunt question, posed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to startled American Jewish leaders in 1944, never seems to go away, as the latest events in the Middle East suggest. Then, as now, the question of whether America’s behavior is what provokes jihadists was hotly debated. Rabbis Stephen S. Wise and Abba...
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One of the best things about sitting in synagogue for long stretches over the High Holidays could arguably be just that — sitting for long stretches. How often do we get the opportunity in our normally crazy, busy lives to park ourselves for hours, to take the time for introspection and self-awareness? For most of us, it’s all too rare...
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