Monday, February 8, 2016 Shevat 29, 5776

Recognize the Power of This Time, and Its Potential for Change
By:
Rabbi Charles Kroloff
The High Holidays bring with them a creative tension: respect for tradition alongside a call for change, a time when we are aware of both our blessings and our responsibilities. We hear this piercing call at the center of our High Holiday liturgy: "Let us proclaim the sacred power of this day," we pray during Unetanah Tokef. "It is awesome...
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Peace Talks: What Exactly Are We Talking About? What does the 75-year-old Mahmoud Abbas have to offer Israel? He's afraid to hold elections in the West Bank for fear of losing to Hamas. He lacks the personal courage to recognize Israel's right to exist; even if he did, how long is he going to live? Will his successor abide by...
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The launch of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians for the first time in nearly two years is being greeted with a justifiable mix of skepticism, fear and hope. Reasons for the skepticism are obvious. Given the decades of failed attempts to bring peace to the land and the fact that the Palestinians had to practically be dragged to...
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By:
Jeffrey K. Salkin
I admire my colleagues and friends who have been courageous enough to speak out against the anti-Islam hysteria that tends to surround conversations about the Islamic center being planned for a property that for many is uncomfortably close to ground zero. They have shown themselves to be paragons of religious tolerance, and for this, I commend them. But in the...
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By:
Walter Ruby
Over the last few months, I have had a front-row seat to history. Last May, I spoke at a public hearing of Manhattan's Community Board No. 1 in support of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and Daisy Khan, the husband-and-wife team that initiated plans to build a multistory Islamic center two blocks north of ground zero, once the site of the...
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