Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

By:
Paul Kaplan
I think I've blown it. I have no chance for a great first Father's Day. It's pretty much my own fault. I procrastinated on Mother's Day and before I knew it, I'd waited too long to order the gift she wanted. Instead, I had to give my wife a rain check on her first Mother's Day. When I say "the...
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By:
Asaf Romirowsky and Alexander Joffe
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee recently passed an amendment to the State Department and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill that could help change the conversation about Palestinian refugees. The bill requires the State Department to specify to Congress, for the first time, how many of the 5 million Palestinians who are supported by UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency...
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By:
Rabbi Andrea L. Merow
Did you know that there is a special blessing one says when one sees a ruler or head of state? "Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, Ruler of the World, who gives of G-ds own glory to flesh and blood." <p>Last month at a meeting at the White House with Conservative rabbis, government officials and President Barack Obama, I was...
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Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz
Some will tell you that we need less debate in the Jewish community, that for the sake of unity we need to stifle dissent and limit the amount we argue. I say that we need more debate, and that we will emerge the stronger for it. But what we need is the right kind of debate. Some will tell you...
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By:
Kenneth Jacobson
A recent article by Israeli journalist Yaron London headlined "We Need Fewer Haredim" and two major pieces in The New York Times about the haredi approach to sex abuse cases highlight the challenge of addressing serious issues emanating from the haredi world without demonizing an entire community. Questions of avoiding stereotypes of large groups while not rationalizing bad behavior by...
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