Saturday, September 5, 2015 Elul 21, 5775

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David Teutsch
Oy, what a tough year to be a Jewish leader! Stock-market losses wreaked havoc with endowments and budgets, and fundraising challenges skyrocketed. Organizations directly or indirectly invested with Bernard Madoff faced even greater losses. Then came firings and slashing of programs, and news of rabbis involved in money-laundering and the selling of human organs. Under such conditions, what could leaders...
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By:
Jon Erlbaum
A man visiting a Jewish cemetery in a foreign town stumbles upon something quite unexpected. On each tombstone is etched not the date of the person's passing, but rather, the age of the individual when he or she left this world -- in years, months and days. Confused but intrigued, our traveler next notices that the ages of the departed...
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Where Do We Find God? It's Not in Destruction! While it's true, as one of my colleagues has pointed out in the Jewish Exponent , that throughout the ages, prophets, philosophers and mystics have wondered where God might be found, the answer, I don't think, is in the destruction of the two temples in Jerusalem, and certainly not in the...
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It's been almost a year now since the crash, and people are still accounting for their losses. Be it a mortgage collapse, a lay-off or a fizzled 401(k), the collective sighs remain audible. Soon after came the Bernard Madoff scandal, which did what Jews fear so much: It tied our ethnicity to money -- bad money. Is there a positive...
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Most days, Iran is never far from the front pages, either in mainstream newspapers or Jewish ones. And now that September has rolled around -- marking the start of the High Holiday period and the deadline that President Obama set for himself to reassess his stance toward this fearsome Middle East nation -- the need to deal with the Iranian...
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