Thursday, October 2, 2014 Tishri 8, 5775

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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College students have lots to grapple with as they return to school or set foot on campus for the first time. But amid all the communal worry about "losing" kids at this crucial age comes a surprising bit of news: Jewish consciousness among young adults in college and graduate school is actually rising. This is the finding of a recent...
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