Wednesday, December 24, 2014 Tevet 2, 5775

By:
Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz
The start of the New Year, the month of Tishrei, is full of holy days, among them four foundational ones: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah-Shemini Atzeret. They are as different from one another as possible. Yet, we may also think of all four as two pairs of two. The first two -- the day of memory and...
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By:
Gabriel Max Scheinmann
Thirty years ago this month, 800 U.S. Marines waded onto Beirut's beaches tasked with facilitating the evacuation of thousands of PLO terrorists out of Lebanon in the hopes of ending a conflict that had ensnared Syria and Israel. That mission, explicitly defined and time-limited, was successful. Shortly after the last Marine left Lebanese soil, however, President Ronald Reagan ordered them...
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This week's report from the American Academy of Pediatrics concluding that health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks is a welcome intervention in what is becoming a disturbing debate over the legitimacy of one of Juda­ism's oldest and most-defining traditions. The academy's task force stopped short of calling for routine circumcision of all newborn boys, but placed the decision exactly...
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Letter writers argue that circumcision is a wonderful tradition and that Israelis need lots more help understadning those of us in the Diaspora.
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By:
Alan Elsner
What does it mean to be faced with an existential threat? It means you, your family, your city, your country — an entire nation — could cease to exist at any moment based on the decision of another actor, over whom you have no control. Add to this that this other actor tells you at every opportunity that he lusts...
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