Sunday, April 26, 2015 Iyyar 7, 5775
When Congress returns from its extended recess after next month’s elections, it will be faced with several important matters, most of which will likely go nowhere during the lame-duck session. But two issues that should be above partisan bickering should get a proper hearing: further sanctions against Iran and the future of U.S. aid to Egypt. Recent developments in Tehran,...
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One of the best things about sitting in synagogue for long stretches over the High Holidays could arguably be just that — sitting for long stretches. How often do we get the opportunity in our normally crazy, busy lives to park ourselves for hours, to take the time for introspection and self-awareness? For most of us, it’s all too rare...
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In 2001, the worst terrorist attack in American history hit a week before Rosh Hashanah, a striking juxtaposition that repeats itself this month with the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 horrors. As we approach the High Holidays, this most introspective time on our Jewish clocks, it is fitting to reflect on how we and our world have changed --...
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College students have lots to grapple with as they return to school or set foot on campus for the first time. But amid all the communal worry about "losing" kids at this crucial age comes a surprising bit of news: Jewish consciousness among young adults in college and graduate school is actually rising. This is the finding of a recent...
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This week's report from the American Academy of Pediatrics concluding that health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks is a welcome intervention in what is becoming a disturbing debate over the legitimacy of one of Juda­ism's oldest and most-defining traditions. The academy's task force stopped short of calling for routine circumcision of all newborn boys, but placed the decision exactly...
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