Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775

Isn't it a bit odd that it's still so difficult to find a seat in synagogue on the High Holidays? With all the hand-wringing over declining affiliation among American Jewry-- and the survey numbers to back it up -- you'd think that attendance on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur would be down, too. The fact that it's still the place...
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It's going to take a lot of diplomacy -- and more -- to keep the fledgling Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations going. No one expected these talks to be easy, but if the parties are serious, they will persevere despite disagreements that will inevitably arise. Not surprisingly, a huge brouhaha has erupted over Israel's decision not to extend its 10-month moratorium on...
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The launch of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians for the first time in nearly two years is being greeted with a justifiable mix of skepticism, fear and hope. Reasons for the skepticism are obvious. Given the decades of failed attempts to bring peace to the land and the fact that the Palestinians had to practically be dragged to...
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Peace Talks: What Exactly Are We Talking About? What does the 75-year-old Mahmoud Abbas have to offer Israel? He's afraid to hold elections in the West Bank for fear of losing to Hamas. He lacks the personal courage to recognize Israel's right to exist; even if he did, how long is he going to live? Will his successor abide by...
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Recognize the Power of This Time, and Its Potential for Change
By:
Rabbi Charles Kroloff
The High Holidays bring with them a creative tension: respect for tradition alongside a call for change, a time when we are aware of both our blessings and our responsibilities. We hear this piercing call at the center of our High Holiday liturgy: "Let us proclaim the sacred power of this day," we pray during Unetanah Tokef. "It is awesome...
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