Sunday, March 29, 2015 Nisan 9, 5775

By:
Rabbi Mayer Selekman
Visit any Conservative, Reconstructionist or Reform congregation on a Shabbat morning where there's a Bat/Bar Mitzvah in an interfaith family, and observe who's participating, where and how. Are both parents sitting on the bimah? Are both parents reciting the blessings for their aliyah during the Torah reading? Are both sets of grandparents participating in the handing down of the Torah?...
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By:
Robert S. Wistrich
On Nov. 9, 1938, a massive nationwide anti-Jewish pogrom took place during peacetime across the entire territory of the Third Reich. The pretext for this orgy of violence against German Jews was the shooting in Paris two days earlier of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by Herschel Grynszpan, a 17-year-old Polish-Jewish refugee. The state-organized pogrom -- instigated by Hitler and...
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By:
Douglas Bloomfield
Hillary Rodham Clinton's rescue mission over the weekend to breathe life into the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process was either a failure or a success, depending on who's telling the story. The secretary of state made a quick stop in Abu Dhabi on Saturday to press Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to drop his demand for a total settlement construction freeze and...
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Because You Didn't See It Isn't Proof of Anything Harry Leibson's spectacularly self-righteous comments on a recent news report about sexual abuse by a rabbi are an example of what is dismally amiss in the contemporary Orthodox world (Letters: " 'Exponent' Owes Rabbi a Very Public Apology," Oct.15). He insists that "it is against Jewish law to embarrass a rabbi...
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By:
Sammie Moshenberg
You might say that we are "erev" health-care-reform consideration -- on the threshold of action by the House and Senate on much-anticipated, much-debated and much-misunderstood legislation that promises to tackle and fix some of our most intransigent problems with health coverage. Still, even at this advanced stage in the legislative process, myths about the pending proposals persist. Let's take a...
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