Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774

Paper Takes a Good Turn in Time for the New Year What an auspicious way to celebrate the Jewish New Year! Two items in Lisa Hostein's article (The Editor's Desk: "Inclusion: It's the Primary Goal Behind Paper's New Policy," Oct. 1) made me take notice. First, the resolution to publish gay and lesbian unions in the paper's life-cycles section. This...
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Rabbi Arthur Waskow
An old Southern black song cries out: "God gave Noah the rainbow sign; No more water, the fire next time." Long before that, the ancient rabbis spoke of a mabul eysh -- a "flood of fire." In their days, they were fantasies. But in our generation, the flood of fire has come upon us in the form of global scorching...
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We Jews are good at counting Nobel Prize winners in our midst. We take understandable pride in the wildly disproportionate honors that members of the tribe have received over the years in areas as diverse as science, literature and peace. When an Israeli wins, the kvelling reaches even greater heights because the award bestows prestige on the Jewish state, as...
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By:
Jack Wertheimer
From now on, Jewish groups will likely think twice before using any variation on the word "assimilation." That's one lesson learned from the recent brouhaha over a 34-second commercial on Israeli television promoting the Jewish Agency for Israel's Masa program, which brings young Jews to Israel for sustained periods of work, study and volunteering. The advertisement, which paired photos of...
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By:
Mike Weilbacher
As a naturalist who has spent decades sharing nature's wonders, I am trembling in trepidation of our upcoming Torah readings. For me, the juxtaposition between text and reality is just too jarring. As we cycle back on Simchat Torah to the opening words of Bereshit this Saturday night, the Bible begins with a bang--"let there be light"-- and Creation unfolds...
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