Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Tammuz 13, 5775

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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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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The start of the Jewish camping season may have been a bit shaky this year with the swine-flu epidemic forcing some camps across the country to cancel sessions or delay their openings. Camps in our area rightly leapt into prevention mode, taking extra precautions as the campers departed, determined not to let some virus detract from the blessings that a...
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By:
Jeffrey A. Barrack
During the decade following the signing of the Declaration of Independence, many educational proposals made their way through the new Union. These proposals sought the cultivation of active citizens through the "diffusion of knowledge and power." Thomas Jefferson's 1778 "Bill for the more General Diffusion of Knowledge" contemplated schools as uniquely qualified to delegate power and knowledge because of the...
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By:
James Rosenstein
There is now a deep and wide consensus -- both within the government and in the general populace -- that the American system of health care is severely dysfunctional and must be fixed. We must do this properly -- and soon -- to avoid the perfect storm of escalating anguish for the roughly 47 million Americans who cannot afford decent...
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