Friday, September 4, 2015 Elul 20, 5775
The reaction was fast and furious — and rightly so. American Jews were outraged by the notion that an Israeli woman could be arrested for praying at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. The incident occurred last week, when activist Anat Hoffman, leading a group of women in prayers to mark the new month, was taken into custody and allegedly...
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Sen. Arlen Specter was a fighter. If anyone doubted it through­out his long and feisty career, the evidence was clear to the very end: Faced with the grim news that cancer had infiltrated once again this summer, he hung on for nearly two more months. He lost his battle over the weekend, but his legacy lives on. His determined —...
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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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