Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774

By:
Jon Erlbaum
In the fifth-century BCE, the Jews of the Persian Empire were weakening in their commitment to Judaism. To make matters worse, the evil Haman decided he wanted to destroy the entire Jewish people -- all in one bloody day! Consulting the stars, Haman calculated that the month of Adar would be the most favorable time to attempt his all-in-one-day "final...
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By:
Ami Eden
Children in costumes. Parents celebrating. Stories of massacres greeted with revelry. Sounds like a decent pitch for Hamas television -- if you switch the Hebrew to Arabic and ignore that it's the scene at most synagogues in the world on the night of Purim. To be fair, most of the Jews in the pews -- and for that matter, the...
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In contemporary American politics, as in love and war, it seems all's fair as candidates and their surrogates use any material at their disposal to discredit a rival. And in a race as close as the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, it isn't likely that any detail from the past or present of either Sen. Barrack Obama or Sen...
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Purim is the quintessential Diaspora holiday. Its popularity is not only based in its tradition of carnival-like celebration but also because its story tells of Jews who struggle with the dilemma of life as a minority amid a not-always-friendly host country. This is a narrative that has spoken loudly to embattled Jews throughout the long centuries of oppression. Ours is...
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Outreach? Yes, but Also Prioritize Education I read Gary Tobin's article, "America's Filled with Potential" (Opinions, March 6) with great interest. As a pulpit rabbi for 53 years, I had a dual approach to intermarriage. The issue is not resistance or acceptance. It is both -- respectful resistance before the marriage and drawing the couple close afterward. Where possible, I...
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