Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774
Six-part adult-ed course taught here, and throughout the world
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Rabbi Efraim Mintz divides the decades following the Holocaust into different stages based on Jewish reaction to its horrors: the shock and silence of the first two decades after World War II, followed by years marked by the urgency to tell, document and, most importantly, never forget. The most recent period, said the director of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute,...
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Inscription offers new slant on ABC's of archaeology
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On the last day of the dig, after long stretches of work under the blinding light of the Israeli sun, excavators spotted what appeared to be an inscription on a 40-pound stone wedged into a 3,000-year-old wall. The importance of these archaic letters - obscured by dust and the wear of millennia - only became apparent after the block had...
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When Americans sit down to their turkey and gravy dinner this Thanksgiving, and make the important decisions of the day - sweet potatoes or mashed, pumpkin pie or apple - some may actually stop to reflect on what this holiday really is all about. The Plymouth colonists and their neighboring American Indians, who according to the commonly accepted history taught...
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Fourteen simple lines - written 40 years ago as part of a larger document, all rendered in Latin - attempted to change the nearly 2,000-year-old strained relationship between Catholics and Jews. The anniversary of the adoption of that Catholic document, known as "Nostra Aetate," on Oct. 25, 1965 - the last approved text before the closing of the landmark Second...
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For the past 40 years, Jewish women have been at the forefront of the feminist movement, challenging nearly every conventional attitude regarding women's lives, and in the process have transformed American society. Judaism was not immune to this transformative spirit, as Jewish feminists demanded that the religious community come to terms with the fact that it had treated women as...
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