Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774

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Ron Wolfson Ron Wolfson
Now that the earthly trial of Bernard Madoff has ended with a sentence of 150 years in prison, he will await his next trial -- the heavenly one. Although eschatology is not emphasized in Judaism, there is a recurring metaphor in rabbinic literature of a "heavenly tribunal," an accounting of one's actions on earth. For 2,000 years, rabbis have imagined...
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Unexpected Problems Crop Up for Intermarried In your article "Conservative Synagogues Shift Tactics on the Intermarried" (City & Suburb, July 2), you describe the struggles of local Jewish congregations as they try to find a role for intermarried Jews. I am Jewish by birth, and my wife of seven years is Episcopalian, but utterly non-observant and fully supportive of raising...
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It's easy to be skeptical about members of Congress being able to reach a quick consensus on a plan to overhaul our nation's health care system. But do it they must. The organized Jewish community is nearly unanimous about the need to change the system -- both for moral and parochial reasons. Morally, it is abhorrent that millions of Americans...
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Jeffrey A. Barrack
During the decade following the signing of the Declaration of Independence, many educational proposals made their way through the new Union. These proposals sought the cultivation of active citizens through the "diffusion of knowledge and power." Thomas Jefferson's 1778 "Bill for the more General Diffusion of Knowledge" contemplated schools as uniquely qualified to delegate power and knowledge because of the...
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The start of the Jewish camping season may have been a bit shaky this year with the swine-flu epidemic forcing some camps across the country to cancel sessions or delay their openings. Camps in our area rightly leapt into prevention mode, taking extra precautions as the campers departed, determined not to let some virus detract from the blessings that a...
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