Friday, September 30, 2016 Elul 27, 5776
The efforts of anti-Israel activists to pass divestment resolutions at the University of California, San Diego, and University of California, Berkeley, are troubling developments, but not for the reasons their proponents are proclaiming. These resolutions -- thwarted by pro-Israel students on campus in both cases -- hold little practical impact and likely would be overturned on technical grounds if they...
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Rabbi Rayzel Raphael
The book of Ruth is read at this time of year on Shavuot. Traditionally an agrarian holiday celebrating the barley harvest, Shavuot also represents the sacred marriage between Israel and the Divine. The themes of harvest and relationships are also present in the book of Ruth, which is a story of people from different faiths and cultures joining together out...
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Rabbi Arthur Waskow
The oil-well disaster on the Gulf Coast of the United States may seem purely the product of modern technology. But there are many teachings in the Torah that focus on the spiritual failings that give rise to such disasters. The Jewish community should now take those teachings more seriously and act more vigorously to prevent such disasters in the future...
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Gideon Aronoff
Gov. Jan Brewer and those of us who believe in compassionate and fair immigration laws are in complete agreement on one thing: The Draconian bill she signed into law recently is the result of the federal government failing to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Like Brewer, HIAS is frustrated with the inaction in Washington, and the resulting effect it has had...
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Dan Gottlieb
After being in a wheelchair for 30 years, I have repeated identity crises -- and therapy hasn't helped me. Just look at how our language has evolved over the years. When I was in graduate school in the 1960s, we used words like "imbecile" and "cripple" to describe people like me. Then we evolved to "invalid" and "retarded," then "handicapped"...
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