Sunday, August 30, 2015 Elul 15, 5775

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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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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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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Kron
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Treat Iran With Contempt -- It Deserves Only That! Concerning the ongoing problem of what America should do about Iran (Nation & World: "Foreign-Policy Debate to Center on Iran," Nov. 16), I read the letter sent by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President Bush and found it to be childish in its approach to solving the problems in Iraq and...
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