Friday, July 3, 2015 Tammuz 16, 5775

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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Just before Havdalah one Saturday evening, the cantor of a synagogue I once belonged to recalled a casual conversation he had had with a psychiatrist who worked at a hospital where the cantor was employed as a technician. "You Jews have it made," the psychiatrist said wryly. The cantor was puzzled and asked the psychiatrist to explain. "You see, unlike...
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If it comes to pass as anticipated, the demise of Syrian President Bashar Assad will not be mourned. The despot who has managed to hold on to power for a year and a half against a persistent rebel force has shown once again what an oppressive Syrian regime is capable of doing to its own people. After the death of...
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By:
Marina Furman
My family and I weren't in Philadelphia when Joe Smukler died last month. We were in Russia. To be more exact, we were at the cemetery in St. Petersburg at the grave of my mother-in-law where my husband, Lev, had the chance to say Kaddish where his mother is buried for the first time in 11 years. We saw many...
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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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