Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775

When Congress returns from its extended recess after next month’s elections, it will be faced with several important matters, most of which will likely go nowhere during the lame-duck session. But two issues that should be above partisan bickering should get a proper hearing: further sanctions against Iran and the future of U.S. aid to Egypt. Recent developments in Tehran,...
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One reader says the use of the color pink ha now become a gimmick while another states that a reporter didn't do his homework.
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By:
Miki Young
For many years, I’ve heard from my Jewish friends and colleagues that Judaism just isn’t the spiritual practice they seem to be longing for — that they practice the religion because it’s part of their tradition, or because they don’t want to be responsible for “ending the line,” but that, in reality, being Jewish just doesn’t seem to offer much...
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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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