Saturday, November 29, 2014 Kislev 7, 5775

Amid all the recent end-of-year/end-of-decade reflections, President Barack Obama took the presidential prerogative to take to the airwaves -- and also go online -- to share his assessment of his first year in office. Not surprisingly, he touted his accomplishments and downplayed his missteps. He focused on signs of economic recovery by emphasizing what he considers his administration's success in...
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By:
Ken Fink, JE Feature
Every year on my birthday, for as far back as I can recall, my father has wished me a happy birthday and asked: "So, do you feel different today?" He always meant it as a joke, but there is a subtle truth to it. Many of our changes are gradual, so we set a marker to make the change truly...
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By:
​Edgar M. Bronfman and Randall Kaplan
When the Jewish people seeks an exemplar for openness and hospitality, we often turn to our patriarch Abraham. In one fascinating chapter in Genesis, we learn that just three days after his circumcision, an ailing Abraham rushes from his tent in the heat of the day to welcome three passing visitors, who turn out to be divine messengers. Our tradition...
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By:
Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu
A recent survey by the Forward of 75 major American Jewish communal organizations found that fewer than one in six are run by women, and that those women are paid 61 cents to every dollar earned by a man. I was not surprised to read this, only saddened again by the realities of the Jewish community. It is past time...
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It is widely accepted as a truism that you can't move ahead with confidence without first reassessing the past. We American Jews are at a significant crossroads: These difficult economic times have been remaking the look of the community and the manner in which it is run in significant and fundamental ways. When we look out into the world, we...
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