Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775

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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Do We Really Represent a Dilution of Traditions? My family and I were featured in the Dec. 17 cover story, "A Merry Little Chanukah?" as an interfaith family raising Jewish children that also happens to participate in Christmas celebrations. I can't say that I am surprised or horrified by the responses from other Jews over our choices. Unfortunately, I've experienced...
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Is it a mere coincidence that in one week's time, the infamous sign over Auschwitz was stolen, destroyed and retrieved; a Las Vegas teacher was sent home for allegedly spewing Holocaust denial in her classroom; and Jewish basketball players and their families from Lower Merion High School were subjected to anti-Semitic taunts? That the spate of incidents occurred so close...
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