Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774

By:
Philip Getz
In mid-June, The Nation published an article by a young alumna of Birthright Israel, the organization that since 1999 has sent 260,000 young Diaspora Jews (including this writer) on free 10-day tours of the Jewish state. In "The Romance of Birthright Israel," Kiera Feldman, a 2008 graduate of Brown, marshals anecdotal evidence and a sprinkling of recent critical literature to...
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By:
Joel Alperson
At least a portion of my hometown of Omaha, Neb., may well be under water soon. Pumps are in place at various locations, including at a nuclear power plant not far from town. The Missouri River, which borders our city, has risen to dangerous levels. Some Omaha residents have taken to sandbagging to help reinforce critical locations along the river...
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The debt-ceiling deal signed this week may have averted a catastrophic default on U.S. loans and a downgraded credit rating, but we're not out of the woods yet. Given the dysfunction and brinksmanship that prevailed until the 11th hour, the looming battles over the next round of spending cuts should make us all nervous. Almost everything, it appears, will be...
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In the aftermath of the horrific massacre in Norway last weekend, the presumably "pro-Israel" ideology included in the professed killer's rantings makes us all cringe. But it's more than disturbing; it reflects a not-so-subtle shift in the European political landscape that we must recognize and confront. Anders Behring Breivik is charged with detonating a car bomb outside Oslo's government headquarters...
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By:
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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