Wednesday, March 4, 2015 AdarI 13, 5775
By:
Mort Klein
The Islamist Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has made great strides since Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power last year. It surged in popularity, handsomely won legislative elections and now its presidential candidate, Muhammad Mursi, has won the presidential contest. With Mubarak now reportedly clinically dead, the military regime that has been controlling Egypt since his ouster is showing a reluctance...
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By:
Ira Sheskin
The 2011 Jewish Community Study of New York was released earlier this month with some fanfare -- along with a few surprises. After a decrease from about 2 million in 1970 to 1.4 million in both 1991 and 2002, the region's Jewish population increased to 1.54 million in 2011, reflecting higher numbers of both children and elderly. Even more surprising...
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By:
Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Today's Reform movement is built on the shoulders of our 19th century Reform forebearers who took Jewish tradition in an entirely new direction, re-envisioning our sacred texts and practices in the light of scientific inquiry and the new frontiers of human thought. Today, we embrace the best of tradition and modernity, science and spirituality. Ours is the Judaism of autonomy,...
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By:
Ariel Warmflash
I'm not good at transitions. Never have been. I cried my first week at Ramah overnight camp, moped around after returning from my high school semester abroad and remained awake the entire night before leaving for university. I guess I don't like change. So, imagine the aftermath of a transition as big as college graduation. I have been officially out...
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Rabbi Andrea L. Merow
Did you know that there is a special blessing one says when one sees a ruler or head of state? "Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, Ruler of the World, who gives of G-ds own glory to flesh and blood." <p>Last month at a meeting at the White House with Conservative rabbis, government officials and President Barack Obama, I was...
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