Saturday, July 12, 2014 Tammuz 14, 5774
By:
Mike Weilbacher
As the Jewish calendar heads toward Tu B'Shevat, the New Year for the trees, we'd do well to remember that water flows through their lives and ours: We drink, bathe in, cook with and flush some 100 gallons each and every day. Water pours through the Torah, too -- it floats Noah's ark, drowns Pharaoh's army, gushes out of rocks,...
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By:
Betsy R. Sheerr
Millions of lives -- and the future of a tiny nation -- are still in jeopardy. No, we're not talking about Israel, but Haiti -- that small, impoverished island nation. Within hours of a catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti last week, Israel and the United States led the way in rescue and recovery. President Barack Obama spoke movingly: "In times...
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By:
Rela Mintz Geffen
When I went to public school in Manhattan as a child, we all thought we knew what a family and a typical household looked like -- something akin to "Fun With Dick and Jane." Yet even in the 1950s, lots of households didn't look like the two-parent-couple-of-kids-dog-and-cat family in that reader. And they certainly don't resemble households in the new...
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By:
Sanford R. Cardin, Ariel Beery and Aharon Horwitz
The computer chip is nearly synonymous with Intel, the world's leading chip manufacturer. Interestingly, this corporate powerhouse came to rely on Israel for its front-line research. As recounted in Start-Up Nation, a book by Saul Singer and Daniel Senor, Israeli engineers had new ideas to build a more powerful chip, but their corporate leadership from abroad was reluctant to forego...
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Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block
On Jan. 18, communities across the country will participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service. It is one of three "showcase" days of volunteering established in the past 20 years -- the others being Sept. 11 and Global Youth Service Day in April. And it's indicative of a broader trend. Involvement in service in this country has...
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