Saturday, February 28, 2015 AdarI 9, 5775

Middle-School Quandary: When Did Issues Begin? Concerning your cover story, "Middle School Saved as Merger Deal Comes Undone in the 11th Hour" (March 5), this is the essence of what the board of directors of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School was selling last Tuesday night: Because our existing middle school is in the red for $200,000, we're...
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President Barack Obama acted not a moment too soon in lifting the Bush-era restrictions on human embryonic stem-cell research. His executive order gives new hope to those who suffer from Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's and other chronic conditions that scientists believe could benefit from such research. Stem-cell research is one of the few issues that bring together Jews of all denominations...
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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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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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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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