Thursday, July 10, 2014 Tammuz 12, 5774

It is no small irony that although Shavuot is probably the least observed and least understood of all major Jewish holidays by American Jews, it is in some ways the most relevant to our lives. Shavuot, which will be celebrated this coming week, principally commemorates the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai. But given the...
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Since Sept. 11, 2001, coverage of the war against Islamist terrorism has mostly focused on the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as attempts to prevent further catastrophic attacks like those that subsequently occurred in London and Madrid. But another front in the battle against this deadly virus can be found in American courtrooms. As a special report in...
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Praise for the Students Who Stood Up to Hatred I arrived at the Israel@60 parade on the Parkway at the same moment that students of Barrack Hebrew Academy (formerly Akiba Hebrew Academy) were passing the "small group of black-clad demonstrators protesting the existence of the State of Israel" (Editorial: "Hate for Israel Can't Rain on Our Parade," May 22). The...
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By:
Elliot Jager
This past month brought two more reasons -- if any were needed -- to bolster the case for disbanding Israel's established "church" and its ultra-Orthodox curia. The first was the ruling by a panel of High Rabbinical Court judges upholding an earlier decision by the Ashdod rabbinical court that retroactively annulled a 15-year-old conversion to Judaism by Rabbi Haim Druckman,...
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Jon Erlbaum
Imagine you were the recipient of a priceless super-computer, possessing the technology to help you make wondrous advances on behalf of humankind. There's only one problem: the great super-genius who created this technology gifted it to you without including an instruction manual. No customer support Web site, no online training videos, no FAQ links -- just a few blogs by...
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