Saturday, July 12, 2014 Tammuz 14, 5774

There is an expression that states that you really can't be a good Jew on a desert island. There is truth in this phrase, even if it's a bit unfair to castaways. The point is, being a Jew means being part of a community. For too many of us in this "bowling alone" world of isolation -- living in developments...
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Stu Goldman
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Jewish roots of leaders less important than the divide at the heart of the GOP
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The late liberal activist Allard Lowenstein was fond of recalling the time that he bucked a boycott of French President Georges Pompidou's address to a joint session of Congress in March 1970. Before his murder in 1980 at the hands of a former aide, I heard Lowenstein speak of the incident when pro-Israel members of Congress stayed away from Pompidou's...
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Arnold M. Eisen
The approach of Rosh Hashanah always takes me back in memory to my Bar Mitzvah, which took place on Shabbat Teshuvah -- the "Sabbath of Repentance" -- that comes between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Two weighty questions preoccupied me that day in 1964. One: What did it mean that God called Jews and the world to "repent" or "return"...
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Rabbi Avi Weiss
Throughout America this Rosh Hashanah, hundreds of synagogues will be displaying signs on behalf of the Israeli soldiers who were kidnapped this past summer by terrorists. Above the pictures of Ehud Goldwasser, Eldad Regev and Gilad Schalit will be the words, "As we hear the sound of the shofar, let us think of three who can't." It's an appropriate message...
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