Thursday, July 10, 2014 Tammuz 12, 5774
By:
Lorne Opler
The last wail of the shofar has been sounded. Our prayers for a heal­thy and good year ahead have been delivered. And those leftover bagels and cream cheese from the break fast? They became your office lunch for the next three days. The High Holidays are over — back to work, back to school, back to business as usual. As...
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By:
Rafael Medoff
“Do you want to start a Holy Jihad?” That blunt question, posed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to startled American Jewish leaders in 1944, never seems to go away, as the latest events in the Middle East suggest. Then, as now, the question of whether America’s behavior is what provokes jihadists was hotly debated. Rabbis Stephen S. Wise and Abba...
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By:
Lawrence Grossman
With world leaders converging on New York this month, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will again be present for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly session. This time, though, he comes with enhanced credentials. He is no longer just head of Iran; he also chairs the 120-member-strong Non-Aligned Movement. Countries in the Non-Aligned Movement constitute nearly two-thirds of the...
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By:
N. Aaron Troodler
Most people dislike politics. “Voter apathy” has become part of the vernacular, and too many fail to exercise the extraordinary privilege afforded to us by the Constitution. As Jews, we have an even greater obligation to ensure that we do not ignore this sacred constitutional freedom. We are in the midst of a heavily contested presidential election. Mitt Romney and...
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By:
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Joel Segel
For many of us, let's face it -- the upcoming High Holidays will be anything but a high. Oh, we'll pack every pew in the synagogues, dressed in our holiday best. We'll be there for hours, rising when told to, sinking thankfully back into our seats, reading responsively. Many enjoy the communal aspect of it, the tunes they remember from...
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