Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774
By:
Leonard Saxe
In a translation that makes the complex seem simple, Anglo Jews call the fourth book of the Torah "Numbers." Although counting and numbers play a role in the biblical account of our people's story, the Hebrew name of this book -- Bamidbar, or "in the wilderness" -- is a more apt descriptor of our physical and spiritual wandering in the...
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By:
Morton A. Klein and Susan B. Tuchman
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires that universities redress racial and ethnic discrimination, or risk losing their federal funding. Thus, if African-American or Hispanic students are harassed on campus, they can complain to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, which is mandated to enforce Title VI and ensure that their schools fix the...
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By:
Libby Horwitz, JE Feature
I had always planned to maintain my Judaism while in Albania, though I realized fairly quickly how flexible I needed to be to make this work. Soon after I arrived in the tiny town of Shijak, Passover started, and with it came my first challenge -- how to keep to the dietary restrictions while with a host family already confused...
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By:
Rabbi Mark Robbins
On Simchat Torah, we finish the Torah in an instant. The saga of Moses concludes. We stand ready to embrace our future, as a Jewish people, on the edge of the Promised Land. Just as quickly, we start the Torah again. We are thrust backwards to prehistory (let alone pre-Jewish history) and the story of creation. This ritual transition is...
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An Afghani Rosh Hashanah
By:
Avi Behar, JE Feature
Who would have thought that Afghanistan would be a place of unity for Jews? A few weeks ago I came across a flyer posted in the local chapel with times for services for every Christian denomination possible. A few hours later a thought of "Hey, why not" came across my mind. So, I walked and took a second glance. To...
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