Sunday, April 26, 2015 Iyyar 7, 5775

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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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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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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By:
Gideon Aronoff
Gov. Jan Brewer and those of us who believe in compassionate and fair immigration laws are in complete agreement on one thing: The Draconian bill she signed into law recently is the result of the federal government failing to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Like Brewer, HIAS is frustrated with the inaction in Washington, and the resulting effect it has had...
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By:
Dan Gottlieb
After being in a wheelchair for 30 years, I have repeated identity crises -- and therapy hasn't helped me. Just look at how our language has evolved over the years. When I was in graduate school in the 1960s, we used words like "imbecile" and "cripple" to describe people like me. Then we evolved to "invalid" and "retarded," then "handicapped"...
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