Monday, November 24, 2014 Kislev 2, 5775

By:
Gary Tobin
Roland Stanton's recent $100 million gift to Yeshiva University is the largest ever to a U.S. Jewish institution. Yet as Stanton himself admitted, "There are plenty of people who could do it." Research shows that he's right: Dozens of Jewish philanthropists are capable of equaling Stanton's offer. So why don't they? It's not that wealthy Jews have no reputation for...
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By:
Stephen Rosenberg
The count of the "Jewish" year used throughout the world is 5767. Why? It is assumed that this is Anno Mundi,the years of the world from Creation, or at least from the birth of Adam. The count is based mainly on Seder Olam Rabba, a treatise ascribed to Rabbi Jose ben Halafta of the second-century C.E. It is mentioned in...
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Hold on a Minute -- We're Doing Our Part! I was offended by Arthur Hill's letter ("Checks Work, but What About Some Volunteers?" Aug. 31). Right before reading the Jewish Exponent that week, I had been speaking to my daughter in Jerusalem. She left her safe, comfortable home at the height of the recent Israel-Lebanon conflict to supervise a group...
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The spectacle called the annual meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations has always made for great theater. Publicity-hungry world leaders flock to the media capital of the world like moths to a flame. But last week's version of the annual rite of fall fell far below even the usually low standards of behavior that is expected there...
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There is an expression that states that you really can't be a good Jew on a desert island. There is truth in this phrase, even if it's a bit unfair to castaways. The point is, being a Jew means being part of a community. For too many of us in this "bowling alone" world of isolation -- living in developments...
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