Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774
By:
Hayim Herring
I do not know Marc Mezvinsky, Chelsea Clinton or any members of their families. But I am puzzled by the vast amount of digital deliberations in the Jewish blogosphere about their wedding, and the absence of more attention to their ongoing relationship with the Jewish community now that they have married. If I did know them, here is what I...
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By:
Hinda Mandell
Consider these findings from a recent research survey on Bernie Madoff: Jews are two-and-a-half times more likely than non-Jews to correctly answer the question: "What is Madoff's religion?" Jewish respondents are seven-and-a-half times more likely than non-Jewish respondents to believe that the con man's religion is significant. And Jews are more likely than their non-Jewish counterparts to agree with the...
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By:
Leonard Barrac
As part of this year's funding process, the chairs and volunteers of each Center Board (Center for Social Responsibility, Center for Jewish Life and Learning and Center for Israel and Overseas) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia worked through a very difficult and challenging process, reviewing and discussing hundreds of proposals from community groups locally and overseas. As the...
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By:
Jay M. Starr
The best thing ever produced by committee is the King James Bible. Its impact on the English language -- its beauty and power -- is unsurpassed. Its influence on Christian doctrine and interpretation, and especially on Protestant Christianity's role in shaping American thought and culture, is profound. Now comes a new English translation of the New Testament, including the Gnostic...
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Shofar as Wake-Up Call to Assess Ourselves and the Middle East
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Rabbi Pesach Lerner
With the advent of Rosh Hashanah, reflection and introspection dominate our thoughts as we are called upon to examine our lives and focus on improving ourselves, both as human beings and as Jews. One hallmark of the High Holiday season is the concept of teshuvah, or repentance: the act of acknowledging our flaws and transgressions, of owning up to our...
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