Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774

Jewish women have come a long way since the days of Esther, the heroine of the Purim story whose bravery and guile saved the Jewish people from annihilation at the hands of the Persians.
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By:
Rabbi Michael Knopf
The Jewish tradition seems to offer two distinct models of redemption: Purim and Pesach redemption. On Passover, the Haggadah emphasizes the exodus story as being about God lifting the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery, carrying us from Egypt on eagles' wings. Pesach is about God redeeming us. Purim redemption, on the other hand, is about us redeeming ourselves. The Book...
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By:
Rabbi Stacy Eskovitz Rigler
Recent weeks have brought the issues of birth control, health care and other reproductive rights into the forefront of political debates.
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These days, every business that seeks a viable future is being forced to rethink its ways. The same is true of our Jewish institutions in general, and our synagogues -- once the pillar of Jewish American life -- in particular. Which is why the Jewish Learning Venture should be applauded for launching a series of programs for synagogue lay and...
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By:
Lee B. Rosenfield
Marriage equality is arguably the most important civil rights issue at this time. I am a 44-year-old man who has been in a loving and committed relationship with my "husband" for 17 years. We live in New Jersey with our two children and two dogs. My partner and I cannot get married because New Jersey currently does not recognize marriage...
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