Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774

By:
Joel Alperson
At least a portion of my hometown of Omaha, Neb., may well be under water soon. Pumps are in place at various locations, including at a nuclear power plant not far from town. The Missouri River, which borders our city, has risen to dangerous levels. Some Omaha residents have taken to sandbagging to help reinforce critical locations along the river...
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The debt-ceiling deal signed this week may have averted a catastrophic default on U.S. loans and a downgraded credit rating, but we're not out of the woods yet. Given the dysfunction and brinksmanship that prevailed until the 11th hour, the looming battles over the next round of spending cuts should make us all nervous. Almost everything, it appears, will be...
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In the aftermath of the horrific massacre in Norway last weekend, the presumably "pro-Israel" ideology included in the professed killer's rantings makes us all cringe. But it's more than disturbing; it reflects a not-so-subtle shift in the European political landscape that we must recognize and confront. Anders Behring Breivik is charged with detonating a car bomb outside Oslo's government headquarters...
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By:
Alexis Kashar and Naomi Brunnlehrman
The Conservative movement, through its Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, has taken a historic step in acknowledging that deaf and hard-of-hearing people are entitled to stand with the Jewish community as equals. Not only did the law committee vote to recognize the users of sign language as equals, it also issued a mandate, or teshuvah, that synagogues and organizations...
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By:
Michael Freund
Last month, an extraordinary meeting of Israel's ministerial committee on immigration and absorption took place in the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem. At the top of the agenda was the fate of more than 7,000 Bnei Menashe, a long-lost community living in the farthest reaches of northeastern India. The Bnei Menashe, or "sons of Manasseh," are descendants of one of...
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