Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Iyyar 17, 5775

By:
Ira Forman
I am a lucky man, some might say blessed, as earlier this year I had a heart attack and survived -- physically and financially. I'm fortunate to have a comprehensive health insurance plan. Yet even someone with good insurance can't go through a medical calamity without getting a glimpse of what lies over the precipice of financial and medical disaster...
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By:
Barry Rubin
The real reason why there isn't Israeli-Palestinian peace has little to do with Israeli or American policies but rather relates to that most neglected of all regional issues: Palestinian politics and ideology. The basic problem is that the Palestinian movement has not truly reconciled itself to a two-state solution. Rather, it persists in believing that total victory, with Israel's disappearance...
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By:
Jehuda Reinhar
The Talmud teaches that if a king of Israel dies, all Jews are eligible to succeed him. But if a scholar dies, he cannot be replaced. I hope this is not so. Like the Talmudic sages, today's Jewish educators have made it their life's work to ensure safe passage of our age-old tradition from one generation to the next. But...
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It is ironic that in the same week that Jehuda Reinharz, the esteemed outgoing president of Brandeis University, issued a clarion call for greater investment in developing highly qualified Jewish educators (see Editorial & Opinion), the faculty of the Barrack Hebrew Academy went on strike. The cancelation of classes and school activities at the pluralistic middle and high school has...
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By:
​Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman
Those of us in -- or approaching -- the second half of life, find ourselves in uncharted terrain. We can expect, with any luck, to live another two, three or even four decades. Our lives are not nearly over. We certainly don't feel old, and in the wake of the economic downturn, retirement will remain for many of us a...
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