Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774

By:
Faina Kirshenbaum
As an immigrant to Israel, a woman and a member of the Knesset, I must juggle many sensitivities and responsibilities. I do this with great honor and try to be responsive to competing demands and ideals. Sometimes, this means that I have to re-examine fundamental beliefs. When I made aliyah in 1973 from the former Soviet Union, I was of...
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Another mohel weighs in on the circumcision debate and a reader warns about which politicians to trust.
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By:
Marc Erlbaum, JE Feature
Humanity has been searching for "the meaning of life" from the beginning of time, but it could be argued that today -- with global terrorism, ecological disasters, civil unrest and economic meltdowns -- life is more perplexing than ever before. If we don't find answers to the big questions now, there may soon be no life left to interpret. At...
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Here we go again. Summer's not even over yet and the Palestinians are already looking to revive their misguided efforts to find recognition at the United Nations rather than sitting down to directly negotiate with Israel. Following last year's failed bid to be granted state status by the U.N. Security Council, they are now seeking a more circuitous -- though...
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By:
Robert M. Rubin
From both Judaic and non-Judaic philosophy, we know the value of an open mind, the significance of respect for others and the importance of knowledge. Without these elements, we are incomplete human beings. Hillel, when challenged to explain the Torah while standing on one foot, said, "That which is hateful to you, do not do to others. That is the...
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