Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

Irish peace agreement gives false hope to those who want more pressure on Israel
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Last week's dramatic meeting between two Irish leaders was the sort of thing no one imagined possible. Rev. Ian Paisley, the fearsome octogenarian tribune of Northern Ireland Protestants, and Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein, the political arm of the terrorist Provisional Irish Republican Army, sat down in Belfast to make peace. Though it has been nine years since...
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The plan put forward by Saudi Arabia for Middle East peace has received backing from the Arab world and tacit encouragement from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. It sounds good in some respects -- in that it actually does call for the Arab world to recognize Israel. But the devil in this scheme is, as it has always been since...
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The week of Passover is an apt time to consider the continuing effort by many in this country to demonize immigrants to this country. As a people who were once "strangers in a strange land," our tradition teaches that compassion for outsiders is an accurate measure of the virtues of a society. That is especially true because American Jews, like...
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Andrew Silow-Carroll
I have long looked to the Starbucks coffee empire as a source for ideas about reinvigorating the synagogue experience. As I once wrote in an essay, your typical Starbucks serves as a model and metaphor for community-building: "The physical setting is often exquisite, the seating is conducive to lingering and conversation, the music is current and tasteful, the price of...
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