Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774

By:
Uri Snyder
I'll never forget the first time I stepped off the plane at Ben-Gurion Airport. It was the summer before my junior year of college and, as a participant on Birthright Israel, I was finally being given the chance to see the country I'd grown up learning about. Walking up the jet way, I remember seeing Hebrew all over the walls,...
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Amid all the noise over loyalty oaths, it would be easy to miss some of the more significant developments in the Middle East over the past week. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad trampled on Israel's doorstep, with a visit to Lebanon bent on bolstering Hezbollah; former President Jimmy Carter trekked to Damascus, once again blaming Israel for all the region's troubles;...
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Story on Gays Sadly Misses the Whole Point The cover story on Orthodox Judaism's position on homosexual conduct ("Orthodox Stand Firm on Some Gay Issues," Oct. 14) misses the point. Both the headline and text imply that Orthodox Judaism and Torah-true Judaism are conflicted by opposing homosexual conduct, and incorrectly implies a support of violence against homosexuals. The Torah is...
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By:
Steven Burg
I was saddened to hear of the death of Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old college student driven to suicide by bullying over his sexual orientation. While Clementi's case has grabbed national headlines, it is, unfortunately, far from unique. In September alone, no fewer than six boys in America committed suicide as a response to bullying they suffered over their sexual identities...
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The "establishment" versus the "grassroots." The old divisions that once clearly delineated -- and divided -- the Jewish landscape have long been evaporating. But a recently released study about the next generation of Jewish leaders provides valuable new insight into how those worlds align, collaborate and sometimes collide. Anyone interested in understanding the dynamics at play among our future leaders...
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