Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774
By:
Judd Levingston, JE Feature
This year, Chanukah will feel different for our family because there will be much more light than before. Our middle daughter knows all about light, having just celebrated her Bat Mitzvah two months ago on the week when we read the story of creation in the Torah. For nearly a year, she practiced chanting the Hebrew verses announcing the creation...
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Miriam Peskowitz, JE Feature
You might think I'm here to tell you to give fewer presents this year. I am, after all, the author of books that remind us of the simple pleasures, and suggest what to do with baking soda from the pantry and white paper from the closet. Add that to the current economic climate, with nearly everyone still reeling from the...
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By:
Steven C. Wernick
Leading an organization down a new path is both challenging and exhilarating. The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism's new direction leads us to meet the needs of today's Conservative Jew. If we are to achieve our objectives, serve our member synagogues and help Conservative Jews flourish as Jews in this world, we must also redefine Conservative Judaism. Since July, when...
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By:
Bonna Devora Haberman
Some ultra-Orthodox crowds in Jerusalem have adopted new modes of Shabbat observance -- stone-throwing outside the Intel plant, and cursing and havoc-wreaking at a parking lot in town. While many of us smell spices to soothe our souls at the departure of Shabbat, men and boys in black hats and jackets dump garbage into the streets and ignite a toxic...
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By:
Mike Weilbacher
Last week, President Barack Obama dragged America kicking and screaming across a critical threshold, committing us to a 17 percent reduction in greenhouse gas levels by 2020. Forget for a moment that this is not an effective enough response; forget also what Congress might do to that number. Rather, let's rejoice that we have a leader who is stepping up...
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