Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775

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Rabbi Jerome M. Epstein
Conservative Judaism has taken a historic step by opening a door to the ordination of gay men and women, and same-sex commitment ceremonies. In line with Conservative Judaism's most cherished values, this decision reflects both a reasoned approach toward halachah and respect for ever-evolving Conservative beliefs and practices. It is important to understand that the responsa, or decisions, of the...
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Rabbi Avi Shafran
Jewish clouds, like others, sometimes have silver linings. And so, some of us hope that a glimmer may surround the Conservative movement's recent endorsement of a position permitting commitment ceremonies between people of the same gender and the ordination as Conservative rabbis of people living openly homosexual lives. To be sure, the decision is tragic and telling. Tragic because it...
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The Correct Approach? Accept Jews as They Are! Every landmark Jewish demographic study seems to reignite an inreach-outreach debate, and the recent Boston study is no exception. Showing that 60 percent of intermarried households are raising Jewish children, the study has caused a predictable backlash, questioning policy rather than facts, with several articles in the Jewish Exponent, including Jonathan Tobin's...
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A Time of Miracles The long and often sad history of the Jewish people has often given us reason to cry out to God and ask for a miracle. Not every such prayer has been answered positively, but a key to the continuing appeal of Chanukah has always been in the power of a story based in the unlikely triumph...
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Bush and the Democratic Congress must reject making Israel pay for Iraq exit
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Right now, most Americans are ready to sign on to just about anything as long as it is labeled "exit from Iraq." To listen to the current debate about the war and the deepening despair over the never-ending toll of blood and treasure that it has cost us, the notion of an American flight from the conflict is no longer...
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