Friday, December 19, 2014 Kislev 27, 5775

By:
Jon Rosenberg
Those who observe the Jewish High Holidays are in the midst of a period of intense introspection and "judgment." On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, piercing shofar blasts will conclude a 25-hour fast, and we will set a course toward making good our obligations to others. This year when the shofar blasts, I hope it will be a call...
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By:
Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman
My friend -- I'll call her Ruth -- was luxuriating, swimming across a friend's New England pond on a beautiful summer day. At some point, she noticed that she was propelling herself across the water with the breaststroke. "Yuck," she thought, "here I am swimming like an old lady." Ruth, who recently turned 70 and retired from an influential professional...
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Wouldn't it be nice to wake up the day after Yom Kippur with a truly blank slate? With the opportunity to begin from scratch, to erase all the sins of omission and commission that we registered this past year, and to start all over again? That's the promise of these Days of Awe, but we all know that it's easier...
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By:
Dasee Berkowitz
In the words of Elton John, why is it that "sorry seems to be the hardest word?" With a sense of schadenfreude , we take pleasure in watching politicians and celebrities fall from grace and then lie in an attempt to cover things up. We relish TV shows like The Good Wife based on character transformations of unfaithful partners and...
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The best-case scenario for the Palestinians' official application for U.N. membership is for it to land in the Security Council DOA, dead on arrival. It is up to the Europeans and others to help make that happen. So far, the United States has stood alone in attempting to quash what should be recognized by all as a feeble attempt to...
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