Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

Let's Face It, Community's Not Just Chopped Liver Rabbi Isabel de Koninck's "community conversation piece" (Opinions: "Beyond the Basics: Making the Movements More Relevant," Dec. 2) not only opens the door on New Age technology for the Jewish community, but it also attempts to redefine the very meaning of what the essence of a Diaspora Jewish community could be. As...
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By:
Sybil Sanchez
As the story goes, the Maccabees had a dire situation -- only one day of power to light the way to rebuild the desecrated Temple in Jerusalem. While a miracle extended their power supply -- oil -- to eight days, our current conservation policy is going to need more than a miracle to help protect our future generations. Although it's...
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By:
Menachem Z. Rosensaft
The recent revelation that U.S. government officials gave aid and comfort to some Nazi war criminals and collaborators for several decades is as shocking as Claude Rains' discovery in "Casablanca" that gambling was going on in Rick's Cafe. It has long been known, for example, that Klaus Barbie -- who headed the Gestapo in Lyon, France, from 1942 until 1944,...
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Rabbi Isabel de Koninck
Opening a Community Conversation Does the future of Judaism reside in the synagogue or beyond? Does the fact that you were raised an Orthodox, Conservative or Reform Jew influence which community you join or identify with? How much do traditional labels matter in today's search for Jewish connections? Post-denominationalism, the notion that Jewish life no longer breaks neatly along the...
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By:
Philip Rosen
Had the Arab League accepted the U.N. resolution on Palestine partition adopted on Nov. 29, 1947, they would be enjoying a state now for 63 years. The proposal was adopted despite what seemed overwhelming opposition from the United States bloc and the Soviet Union bloc. It called for a Jewish state and Arab state side by side with strong economic...
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