Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775

It is an intrinsic element of Judaism to approach the beginning of a New Year with introspection. During the Days of Awe, we look at ourselves and ponder what we did over the past year. It is just as necessary to perform the same act of self-examination as a community. In conducting our communal cheshbon nefesh -- or spiritual accounting...
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Advocacy Corner
By:
Asaf Romirowsky
Today, pro-Israel students confront a demoralizing challenge on campus defending Israel's right to exist as a democratic Jewish state, as well as expressing views that would be labeled as "conservative." Some examples: · Natana DeLong-Bas, a lecturer in theology at Boston College, as well as in the Department of Near East and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, says that she...
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Community Must Find a Way to Fund Day Schools I applaud Jonathan Tobin for his analysis of day-school education, as described in "Golden Ticket to Oblivion" (A Matter of Opinion, Aug. 30). As a day-school administrator, I have seen firsthand how the high cost of tuition is a crippling obstacle for many Jewish families considering enrolling their children. Throughout our...
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By:
Rabbi Jerome Epstein
At this time of the year, especially, as we end the old year and begin the new one, we look back on where we came from as we dream of new directions. We reflect on our ancestors -- the ancestors we read about in the Torah, the figures who shaped our people's history, and our own families' forebears. Each contributed...
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By:
Samuel Freedman
In the most pivotal moment of Arthur Miller's most famous play, a teenage boy shows up unannounced in the Boston hotel room occupied by the salesman father he reveres, the character indelibly named Willy Loman. The son, Biff, is a high school football star on the verge of flunking a math class, thereby dooming the mutual, filial dream of a...
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