Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774

Stop Demonizing Guns; Just Enforce the Laws In response to your opinion piece ("Recent Murders Point to the Need for Stricter Gun Laws," Feb. 26), criminals are not law abiding; that's what makes them criminals. No amount of new gun laws will change that. In fact, we have enough gun laws that are not being enforced. The recent murders of...
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By:
Rodger Kamenetz
Purim is one of my favorite holidays. Living in New Orleans, where Mardi Gras takes over the city for two weeks every year, we know how to do Purim right. Masking is a fun part of Purim, but the fun also masks a serious point: The book of Esther, the last of the five scrolls, never mentions God by name...
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Shelley Kapnek Rosenberg
A recent transdenominational study shows significant support among North American congregations for embracing diverse populations, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. That's the good news. Less positive -- but not surprising -- was the finding that 73 percent of the 760 rabbis responding to the survey felt that their congregations were doing a good or excellent job welcoming LGBTQ...
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The Obama administration deserves praise for its decision to pull out of the so-called Durban II conference slated for Geneva in April. The conference is meant to be a follow-up to the now infamous 2001 conference in Durban that was supposed to tackle worldwide racism but instead deteriorated into an anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hate-fest. By most accounts, the follow up...
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An alarming new report by international inspectors lends a new urgency to the nuclear threat posed by Iran. The headline blared in The New York Times: "Iran has more enriched uranium than originally thought." The story goes on to say that Iran now has enough material to produce a nuclear bomb. As if that wasn't troubling enough, another report this...
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