Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774

Israel's acceptance into the prestigious Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is a welcome development at a time of increasing international isolation of the Jewish state. That the 31-member OECD -- an association of mostly wealthy democracies that promotes international trade -- put aside politics to recognize the extraordinary economic contributions of the "start-up nation" distinguishes the body from other...
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Controversy at University Not Worthy of Brandeis What an honor it is to have Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to Washington, as Brandeis University's commencement speaker and honoree. But what a disappointment it was to read about a controversy that occurred among some students and faculty concerning his selection (Nation & World: "Choice of Israeli Envoy to Speak Rankles Some at...
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By:
Rabbi Arthur Waskow
The oil-well disaster on the Gulf Coast of the United States may seem purely the product of modern technology. But there are many teachings in the Torah that focus on the spiritual failings that give rise to such disasters. The Jewish community should now take those teachings more seriously and act more vigorously to prevent such disasters in the future...
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Rabbi Rayzel Raphael
The book of Ruth is read at this time of year on Shavuot. Traditionally an agrarian holiday celebrating the barley harvest, Shavuot also represents the sacred marriage between Israel and the Divine. The themes of harvest and relationships are also present in the book of Ruth, which is a story of people from different faiths and cultures joining together out...
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Talk about the intersection of religion and politics. Next week marks two important dates on our Jewish and political calendars: Shavuot and the Pennsylvania political primary. There appears no obvious connection between the two events beyond the convergence of dates -- polls will close on the May 18 primary just as Shavuot is beginning. But one shared question looms for...
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