Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774

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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By:
Lawrence Grossman
With world leaders converging on New York this month, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will again be present for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly session. This time, though, he comes with enhanced credentials. He is no longer just head of Iran; he also chairs the 120-member-strong Non-Aligned Movement. Countries in the Non-Aligned Movement constitute nearly two-thirds of the...
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By:
N. Aaron Troodler
Most people dislike politics. “Voter apathy” has become part of the vernacular, and too many fail to exercise the extraordinary privilege afforded to us by the Constitution. As Jews, we have an even greater obligation to ensure that we do not ignore this sacred constitutional freedom. We are in the midst of a heavily contested presidential election. Mitt Romney and...
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In 2001, the worst terrorist attack in American history hit a week before Rosh Hashanah, a striking juxtaposition that repeats itself this month with the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 horrors. As we approach the High Holidays, this most introspective time on our Jewish clocks, it is fitting to reflect on how we and our world have changed --...
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By:
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Joel Segel
For many of us, let's face it -- the upcoming High Holidays will be anything but a high. Oh, we'll pack every pew in the synagogues, dressed in our holiday best. We'll be there for hours, rising when told to, sinking thankfully back into our seats, reading responsively. Many enjoy the communal aspect of it, the tunes they remember from...
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