Saturday, May 23, 2015 Sivan 5, 5775
Thanksgiving is a holiday virtually all Americans observe and enjoy. And yet, there is still a lingering doubt on the part of some as to the role that religion can or should play in the festivities. That is a particularly interesting conundrum for religious minorities such as Jews, who rightly seek to maintain a distinction between the faith of the...
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The news that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon intends to bolt from the Likud Party to establish his own "National Responsibility" slate is an earthquake in Israeli politics. For many American Jews who have long deplored the intense polarization of Israeli politics and the impact that this divide has had on American Jewry, the prospect of a centrist triumph is...
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Is there anything not to like about an eruv? On the face of it, certainly not. But in many places, these symbolic barriers that allow observant Jews to carry items outside their homes on the Sabbath are the subjects of fierce communal battles. In some communities, the idea of an eruv pits Jew vs. Jew, as some secular Jews express...
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Interfaith Challenge For those who care about maintaining dialogue between faiths, there has been nothing more discouraging than the willingness of mainline Protestant denominations to adopt anti-Israel measures in recent years. In particular, the decision of the Presbyterian Church USA to support divestment, which amounts to an economic boycott of the Jewish state, has become a symbol of the drift...
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