Monday, May 4, 2015 Iyyar 15, 5775
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:
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:
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:
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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By:
Gabriel Max Scheinmann
Thirty years ago this month, 800 U.S. Marines waded onto Beirut's beaches tasked with facilitating the evacuation of thousands of PLO terrorists out of Lebanon in the hopes of ending a conflict that had ensnared Syria and Israel. That mission, explicitly defined and time-limited, was successful. Shortly after the last Marine left Lebanese soil, however, President Ronald Reagan ordered them...
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