Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775

By:
Esther Toporek Finder
The Holocaust Era Assets Conference concluded in Prague last month with a moving program at Terezin and a nonbinding declaration emphasizing that survivors' needs in these, their last years, should be treated with more urgency than real estate, art or other restitution issues. Elie Wiesel set the tone brilliantly by asking if the killers should become the victims' heirs --...
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Rabbi Jill Jacobs
The Fourth of July is a time for the American Jewish community to celebrate the unprecedented freedom that the United States has afforded all its citizens. While anti-Semitism has not disappeared, Jews in America enjoy religious liberties that few other such communities in history have experienced, have attained economic and educational success, and have risen to the highest echelons of...
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By:
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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