Saturday, November 1, 2014 Heshvan 8, 5775

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Rabbi Lynda Targan
We are now observing a period called Sefirat HaOmer, the counting of the Omer, a verbal counting of each of the 49 days plus one between Passover and Shavuot. It is customary during the Omer counting to study Pirkei Avot, a rabbinic blueprint for ethical living, and to ask ourselves the big questions that allow us to be the best...
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By:
Alexander Kornhauser
Peter Beinart's "The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment," printed last year in the New York Review of Books , was one of the most astonishingly ungrounded articles I've read. He used the piece as a platform to mock the au courant foe of the liberal academic establishment: international Zionism and Israeli right-wing political parties. In his doomsday scenario, Beinart...
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By:
Michael Pasek
In his controversial piece written a year ago, "The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment," Peter Beinart exposed the apathetic stance taken by many young Jews toward Israel. Detailing how young liberal Jews refused to be pigeonholed into a group-think and overarching defense of conservative Israeli politics, Beinart highlighted the dissonance between institutions claiming to embody Jewish values, while supporting...
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One letter writer states that it is wrong to call the Armenian tragedy a 'genocide' while another insists that Stiffel seniors deserve a lot better from all of us.
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The next few months promise to be difficult ones for Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comes to Washington this week amid a torrent of unrest in his neighborhood. The infiltration of Palestinians along long-quiet borders on Sunday would seem to suggest that the "Arab Spring" has at last reached Israel, which until now has watched nervously but from a perch...
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