Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775

By:
Jon Erlbaum
A man visiting a Jewish cemetery in a foreign town stumbles upon something quite unexpected. On each tombstone is etched not the date of the person's passing, but rather, the age of the individual when he or she left this world -- in years, months and days. Confused but intrigued, our traveler next notices that the ages of the departed...
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By:
David Teutsch
Oy, what a tough year to be a Jewish leader! Stock-market losses wreaked havoc with endowments and budgets, and fundraising challenges skyrocketed. Organizations directly or indirectly invested with Bernard Madoff faced even greater losses. Then came firings and slashing of programs, and news of rabbis involved in money-laundering and the selling of human organs. Under such conditions, what could leaders...
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Need to End Hunger: It's Even More Crucial Now Before Rosh Hashanah, when we examine our deeds over the past year, there is one more thing we can do that will make a difference in the lives of poor and hungry Americans. Under the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, every five years, certain federal nutrition programs expire...
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There are some years that you can't wait to come to an end, that you want to lock in a drawer and throw away the key. The Jewish year 5769 could easily qualify as one of those. From the financial collapse that began last Rosh Hashanah to the Bernie Madoff swindle, from Israel's painful war against Hamas in Gaza to...
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By:
Philip A. Cunningham
A few weeks ago, at its annual meeting in Berlin, the International Council of Christians and Jews issued a major assessment of the present state of Christian-Jewish relations. Titled "A Time for Recommitment: Building the New Relationship between Jews and Christians," the statement reviews the long, ambivalent history between both faith communities, commends the positive developments of the last six...
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