Sunday, August 30, 2015 Elul 15, 5775

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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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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:
Stephen Hazan Arnoff and Steven M. Cohen
JDub Records, the innovative nonprofit music endeavor that discovered Matisyahu and other artists, released 35 albums and brought 150,000 participants to concerts and events, announced recently that it would be closing after nine years of successful operation. The principal cause: inability to secure sufficient, ongoing philanthropic support. The impending closure of one of the most promising start-ups in the Jewish...
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By:
Erica Brown
Amid the summertime clutter of towels and beach umbrellas lies something darker and more painful on the Jewish calendar: The Three Weeks mourning period,which began July 19 with a fast. Also known by its name from the book of Lamentations, Bein Ha-mitzarim, between the straits or narrow places, the Three Weeks commemorate the ancient siege of Jerusalem and the subsequent...
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Yes, the "1967 lines" are indefensible and Sarah Palin and her friends are not "politically kosher."
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