Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774

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Alexis Kashar and Naomi Brunnlehrman
The Conservative movement, through its Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, has taken a historic step in acknowledging that deaf and hard-of-hearing people are entitled to stand with the Jewish community as equals. Not only did the law committee vote to recognize the users of sign language as equals, it also issued a mandate, or teshuvah, that synagogues and organizations...
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Michael Freund
Last month, an extraordinary meeting of Israel's ministerial committee on immigration and absorption took place in the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem. At the top of the agenda was the fate of more than 7,000 Bnei Menashe, a long-lost community living in the farthest reaches of northeastern India. The Bnei Menashe, or "sons of Manasseh," are descendants of one of...
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Comments on the udge theatrics in the Beltway, politics in general and whether giving up land is in Israel's best interests.
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Sealing a deal on the debt ceiling and deficit reduction is proving to be as elusive as finding a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The irony is that in this country, we're all presumably on the same side. Our political leaders, while ideologically diverse, should at least have a common interest in avoiding a default on U.S. loans that most...
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REFLECTIONS Nineteen years ago, the first time I saw U2 live at New York's Yankee Stadium, I stood in anticipation, practically quaking with excitement. Last week, as the summer light faded and nearly 70,000 people waited for the band to take the stage at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, I took full advantage of my assigned seat and hoped I'd be...
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