Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774

By:
Barak Mendelsohn
Hillary Rodham Clinton's first visit to the Middle East as secretary of state signaled a departure, though not a clean break, from the policies of the previous administration. Clinton pledged $900 million in aid to the Palestinians and her criticism of Israel's tight control of the border crossings into the Gaza Strip reaffirmed the administration's stated commitment to the Palestinian...
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By:
David Magerman
As president of the Kohelet Foundation, and as a parent and board member of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School, I applaud the passionate support our community has demonstrated for the Saligman Middle School and the wonderful education it provides. The community's grass-roots efforts demonstrate deep concern for our school. However, while congratulating the community for its boldness...
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Stop Demonizing Guns; Just Enforce the Laws In response to your opinion piece ("Recent Murders Point to the Need for Stricter Gun Laws," Feb. 26), criminals are not law abiding; that's what makes them criminals. No amount of new gun laws will change that. In fact, we have enough gun laws that are not being enforced. The recent murders of...
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By:
Rodger Kamenetz
Purim is one of my favorite holidays. Living in New Orleans, where Mardi Gras takes over the city for two weeks every year, we know how to do Purim right. Masking is a fun part of Purim, but the fun also masks a serious point: The book of Esther, the last of the five scrolls, never mentions God by name...
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By:
Shelley Kapnek Rosenberg
A recent transdenominational study shows significant support among North American congregations for embracing diverse populations, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. That's the good news. Less positive -- but not surprising -- was the finding that 73 percent of the 760 rabbis responding to the survey felt that their congregations were doing a good or excellent job welcoming LGBTQ...
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