Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Elul 18, 5775

The efforts of anti-Israel activists to pass divestment resolutions at the University of California, San Diego, and University of California, Berkeley, are troubling developments, but not for the reasons their proponents are proclaiming. These resolutions -- thwarted by pro-Israel students on campus in both cases -- hold little practical impact and likely would be overturned on technical grounds if they...
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Rabbi Rayzel Raphael
The book of Ruth is read at this time of year on Shavuot. Traditionally an agrarian holiday celebrating the barley harvest, Shavuot also represents the sacred marriage between Israel and the Divine. The themes of harvest and relationships are also present in the book of Ruth, which is a story of people from different faiths and cultures joining together out...
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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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