Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774

By:
Rabbi Mark Robbins
On Simchat Torah, we finish the Torah in an instant. The saga of Moses concludes. We stand ready to embrace our future, as a Jewish people, on the edge of the Promised Land. Just as quickly, we start the Torah again. We are thrust backwards to prehistory (let alone pre-Jewish history) and the story of creation. This ritual transition is...
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Vigorous Debate: It's a Hallmark of Democracy I read with interest Barry Morrison's piece "When Hate Takes Over, the Results Never Turn Out Well" (Editorial & Opinions, Sept. 23). Sensible people agree that our political dialogue should be civilized and, even if spirited, nonviolent. But Mr. Morrison's article, perhaps unintentionally, suggests that in this particular election season, violent "speech" is...
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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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