Thursday, October 2, 2014 Tishri 8, 5775

It's been more than 2,000 years since the Maccabees rose up against their oppressors to reclaim our Jewish future, but the central challenge that faced our ancestors in the Chanukah story persists until today: How do we maintain a strong Jewish faith and identity amid a sea of "otherness"? One difference, of course, is that we live in a country...
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The flames that consumed us this Chanukah have all burned out. Yet even as we try to hang on to the warmth of the holiday, our spirit is dampened knowing that Israel is left picking up the charred remains of the wildfires that cut a fierce path of destruction in the north of the country. Amid the despair, Israeli society...
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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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