Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775

By:
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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By:
Adam Levick
On May 20, at 9:30 a.m., I became a citizen of Israel, the first sovereign Jewish state in more than 2,000 years. And, as I walked around Jerusalem on that first day, what struck me most was the feeling of responsibility -- that I wasn't just a supporter anymore. This was now my country, and the responsibilities of citizenship weighed...
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