Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775

Don't let non-Exodus theme Seders overshadow the original story
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Are the four most unpopular words of the seder in North America the last four? The concluding refrain of the Haggadah is a rousing messianic pledge “Next Year in Jerusalem!” Yet I wonder how many American Jews are actually saying, let alone singing, this messianic pledge nowadays? According to surveys of American Jewish life, a Passover seder is the most...
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This week, as Jews throughout the world celebrate the festival of Passover, we will be reminded that we were once "strangers in a strange land" - a point mentioned in the Torah 36 times - where the majority mistreated us cruelly. One of the many lessons of this festival of freedom is that a society is judged by the way...
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Michael Steinhardt
I have a dream in which Jewish early-childhood educators in the United States, who presently receive an average salary of $9.66 per hour, can raise their own children without having to take out loans or marry rich. I have a dream in which the Birthright Israel does not have to keep tens of thousands of potential participants on waiting lists...
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Arthur Cohn- JE FEATURE
The Palestinian film "Paradise Now," which sympathetically depicts the lives of two Palestinian terrorists, won the Golden Globe and was nominated by the Academy of Motion Pictures in Hollywood for the best foreign film Oscar. How is it possible, I ask myself, that such a film is acclaimed by people of culture? The main reason is that terrorists active against...
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As we go to press this week, the votes cast in Israel's parliamentary election are still being tabulated. Though the exact outcome is unknown, the outline of a new centrist consensus built around the ideas of stricken Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was a consistent theme in opinion polls taken throughout the campaign. If those polls are correct, that will mean...
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