Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Sivan 16, 5775

April is the cruelest month ... " Perhaps T.S. Eliot never prepared for a Passover seder. Then again, maybe he did. Anyone can link his words to the cruelty this month that's involved in scrubbing refrigerator shelves; cleaning out cabinets; and shopping and cooking for the holiday. Even if you didn't go the extra mile in preparing for unleavened foods,...
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By:
Arthur Waskow and Phyllis Berman
If a pharaoh fell in the Red Sea but nobody told the story, did it actually happen? No. If no pharaoh fell in the Red Sea, but we told the story for 3,000 years, did it actually happen? Yes. Is it still happening? Yes. To people brought up in the modern mode of focusing on cold, hard facts, these responses...
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By:
Lorne Opler
I always thought of myself as one of the lucky Jews never directly affected by the Holocaust. My paternal grandparents arrived in the United States decades before World War II broke out. My mother's parents immigrated to Canada in the 1920s. Yet the Shoah was not completely absent from my childhood. It was incorporated in my Jewish day-school curriculum, woven...
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By:
Jonathan D. Sarna
The 150th anniversary of the Civil War is upon us. April 12 marked the firing on Fort Sumter, the war's opening shot. From now until the April 9, 2015 anniversary of Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House and five days later of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, every major event in the "ordeal of the union" seems likely to be...
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Letter-Writer's Assertions Were a Little Skewed Although I appreciated someone reading and responding to my March 24 opinion piece, "Jews Have a Right to Live in Israel, Anywhere They Choose," it is unfortunate that the gentleman who wrote is not entirely accurate in his assertions. First, the Ramban (Nachmanides) does not say that the mitzvot are required to be observed...
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