Monday, November 24, 2014 Kislev 2, 5775

Politics in the Synagogue? It's Part of Our Heritage! The Sept. 9 cover story asks whether shul is the proper place for politics. You might as well have asked whether Abington Friends is an appropriate venue for the Junior Jewish Basketball League, where my children once played. We are reminded of our revolutionary origins every time we sing the "Mi...
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Israeli leaders were right to quickly condemn the arson at a West Bank mosque this week, presumed to be perpetrated by Jewish extremists seeking to derail the fledgling peace talks. The Sunday-night incident -- in which the Koran and prayer rugs were burned -- was thought to be the latest so-called "price tag" operation aimed at pressuring the Israel government...
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By:
Libby Horwitz, JE Feature
I had always planned to maintain my Judaism while in Albania, though I realized fairly quickly how flexible I needed to be to make this work. Soon after I arrived in the tiny town of Shijak, Passover started, and with it came my first challenge -- how to keep to the dietary restrictions while with a host family already confused...
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By:
Eve Pell
I am a WASP -- the five-times-great-granddaughter of John Jay, first chief justice of the United States and one of our founding fathers. When Elena Kagan, a Jew, takes her seat at the Oct. 4 opening of the U.S. Supreme Court, no Protestant will be left on that exalted bench. As a result, some pundits have been opining that we...
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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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