Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Kislev 4, 5775

By:
Joseph Smukler
I sit here at my desk staring at the photograph of our eldest granddaughter, Shoval. She is wearing army fatigues, canteen dangling at her side, standing on a sandy dune, smiling under azure blue skies, with a Star of David on her military cap. How did all of this happen? She was born, reared and schooled in the United States...
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By:
Jason Miller
As a Conservative rabbi and member of the movement's Rabbinical Assembly, I cannot officially consider Jewish descent to be determined patrilineally -- from the father. In its Code of Professional Conduct, the section detailing the responsibilities for membership in the R.A. currently lists four standards of religious practice. The first: "Matrilineality determines Jewish status." Yet like many Jews who regard...
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By:
Shelly Barnathan
This week, the world Jewish community lost a woman whose talents touched deep and tender places in our souls. That woman was the legendary singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman. Debbie, in her sweet and strong voice, sang with our voice. Her melodies and words calmed us, inspired us and healed us. It was one of Debbie's early albums, "And You Shall Be...
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Tragic Shootings Provide a Needed Wake-Up Call I hope that the recent shootings in Arizona will serve as a wake-up call for our country. The violent discourse that has become all too common cannot be legislated away. Beyond discourse, there are some basic steps we could make to improve our country. Specifically, we could cut our military budget in half...
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Is no one safe anymore? The assassination attempt on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the ensuing massacre at a Tucson, Ariz., shopping center serve as a cruel reminder of what can happen when disparate forces of evil conspire to shatter our sense of security and civility. This heinous effort to silence an elected official through political assassination must serve as...
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