Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774

This week's report from the American Academy of Pediatrics concluding that health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks is a welcome intervention in what is becoming a disturbing debate over the legitimacy of one of Juda­ism's oldest and most-defining traditions. The academy's task force stopped short of calling for routine circumcision of all newborn boys, but placed the decision exactly...
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Letter writers argue that circumcision is a wonderful tradition and that Israelis need lots more help understadning those of us in the Diaspora.
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By:
Alan Elsner
What does it mean to be faced with an existential threat? It means you, your family, your city, your country — an entire nation — could cease to exist at any moment based on the decision of another actor, over whom you have no control. Add to this that this other actor tells you at every opportunity that he lusts...
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By:
Stuart Appelbaum
When Congress declared Labor Day a public holiday in 1894, workers had more to lament than to celebrate: an economic depression, a growing concentration of corporate wealth and power, and the brutal suppression of their unions. A momentous national railroad strike to protest deep wage cuts — and the summary firing of workers who dared to voice their grievances —...
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Any endeavor that promises a richer Jewish education for our youth is a good thing, which is why several developments on the local scene are worth embracing as the new school year gets off the ground over the next few weeks. On the day school front, Torah Academy Girls High has a new home and a new name, offering a...
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