Friday, February 27, 2015 AdarI 8, 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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By:
Morton A. Klein and Susan B. Tuchman
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires that universities redress racial and ethnic discrimination, or risk losing their federal funding. Thus, if African-American or Hispanic students are harassed on campus, they can complain to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, which is mandated to enforce Title VI and ensure that their schools fix the...
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By:
Leonard Saxe
In a translation that makes the complex seem simple, Anglo Jews call the fourth book of the Torah "Numbers." Although counting and numbers play a role in the biblical account of our people's story, the Hebrew name of this book -- Bamidbar, or "in the wilderness" -- is a more apt descriptor of our physical and spiritual wandering in the...
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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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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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