Saturday, April 18, 2015 Nisan 29, 5775

Vigorous Debate: It's a Hallmark of Democracy I read with interest Barry Morrison's piece "When Hate Takes Over, the Results Never Turn Out Well" (Editorial & Opinions, Sept. 23). Sensible people agree that our political dialogue should be civilized and, even if spirited, nonviolent. But Mr. Morrison's article, perhaps unintentionally, suggests that in this particular election season, violent "speech" is...
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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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