Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774

It's unlikely that the U.S. Census Bureau had any clue that it was releasing its latest report on poverty on the eve of Yom Kippur, just as many of us were preparing to begin our fast and hear the powerful words of the prophet Isaiah, preaching the moral imperative to care for the oppressed and the poor. But the timing...
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Where Are All the Voices Raised in Protest? The Roma of France are being deported, and the European Union has raised a protest citing how it is a violation of international law. But if there are any voices that should speak the loudest, it should be Jewish ones. Yet what do the numerous Holocaust and human-rights advocates have to say?...
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An Afghani Rosh Hashanah
By:
Avi Behar, JE Feature
Who would have thought that Afghanistan would be a place of unity for Jews? A few weeks ago I came across a flyer posted in the local chapel with times for services for every Christian denomination possible. A few hours later a thought of "Hey, why not" came across my mind. So, I walked and took a second glance. To...
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By:
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
On Sunday, Oct. 3, Central Park will become the staging area to kick off a new movement in educational reform. Dubbed the "Ultimate Block Party," our aim is to draw attention to what concerned scientists are calling the educational equivalent of "global warming." The young children in our preschools and primary schools today are the workforce of 2040, and all...
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By:
Barry Morrison
With the passing of summer, the election campaign season is in full gear, and with it partisan and cynical attacks, and too often, mean-spirited rhetoric. This rhetoric can divide our nation, harm the democratic process and even lead to violence. This phenomenon is not new. Shortly after the 2008 presidential election, an Anti-Defamation League report, "Rage Grows in America," warned...
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