Monday, March 30, 2015 Nisan 10, 5775

By:
Rabbi Mark Robbins
On Simchat Torah, we finish the Torah in an instant. The saga of Moses concludes. We stand ready to embrace our future, as a Jewish people, on the edge of the Promised Land. Just as quickly, we start the Torah again. We are thrust backwards to prehistory (let alone pre-Jewish history) and the story of creation. This ritual transition is...
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By:
Eve Pell
I am a WASP -- the five-times-great-granddaughter of John Jay, first chief justice of the United States and one of our founding fathers. When Elena Kagan, a Jew, takes her seat at the Oct. 4 opening of the U.S. Supreme Court, no Protestant will be left on that exalted bench. As a result, some pundits have been opining that we...
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By:
Libby Horwitz, JE Feature
I had always planned to maintain my Judaism while in Albania, though I realized fairly quickly how flexible I needed to be to make this work. Soon after I arrived in the tiny town of Shijak, Passover started, and with it came my first challenge -- how to keep to the dietary restrictions while with a host family already confused...
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An Afghani Rosh Hashanah
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Avi Behar, JE Feature
Who would have thought that Afghanistan would be a place of unity for Jews? A few weeks ago I came across a flyer posted in the local chapel with times for services for every Christian denomination possible. A few hours later a thought of "Hey, why not" came across my mind. So, I walked and took a second glance. To...
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By:
Barry Morrison
With the passing of summer, the election campaign season is in full gear, and with it partisan and cynical attacks, and too often, mean-spirited rhetoric. This rhetoric can divide our nation, harm the democratic process and even lead to violence. This phenomenon is not new. Shortly after the 2008 presidential election, an Anti-Defamation League report, "Rage Grows in America," warned...
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