Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774

By:
​Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman
Those of us in -- or approaching -- the second half of life, find ourselves in uncharted terrain. We can expect, with any luck, to live another two, three or even four decades. Our lives are not nearly over. We certainly don't feel old, and in the wake of the economic downturn, retirement will remain for many of us a...
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By:
Robert S. Wistrich
On Nov. 9, 1938, a massive nationwide anti-Jewish pogrom took place during peacetime across the entire territory of the Third Reich. The pretext for this orgy of violence against German Jews was the shooting in Paris two days earlier of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by Herschel Grynszpan, a 17-year-old Polish-Jewish refugee. The state-organized pogrom -- instigated by Hitler and...
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Because You Didn't See It Isn't Proof of Anything Harry Leibson's spectacularly self-righteous comments on a recent news report about sexual abuse by a rabbi are an example of what is dismally amiss in the contemporary Orthodox world (Letters: " 'Exponent' Owes Rabbi a Very Public Apology," Oct.15). He insists that "it is against Jewish law to embarrass a rabbi...
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By:
Douglas Bloomfield
Hillary Rodham Clinton's rescue mission over the weekend to breathe life into the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process was either a failure or a success, depending on who's telling the story. The secretary of state made a quick stop in Abu Dhabi on Saturday to press Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to drop his demand for a total settlement construction freeze and...
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Let's hope that the U.S. Congress musters the votes for Iran sanctions legislation quicker than it was able to push through expanded hate-crimes legislation. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act that passed the U.S. Senate last week was 10 years in the making. Long a top priority of Jewish communal organizations and hailed by such...
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