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Opinion

  • Hope for new year revived by tale of Lamed-Vav tzaddikim

    By jwadmin on September 18, 2018
    The world must contain not less than 36 righteous individuals in each generation who greet the Shekhinah’s presence each day. Jewish lore By MARILYN SHAPIRO On Rosh Hashanah we celebrate the birthday of world, the beginning of a new year full of possibilities. In the weeks leading up to our High Holy Days, however, I have encountered many events that […]
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  • Yom Kippur guide for the perplexed, 2018

    By jwadmin on September 17, 2018
    Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: a US-Israel Initiative” Based on ancient Jewish Sages, September 17, 2018, bit.ly/2MCHiLl  More on Yom Kippur and other Jewish holidays: http://bit.ly/137Er6J 1.  The Yom Kippur-matchmaking connection. According to Rabbi Simeon ben Gamliel, the 6th President of the Sanhedrin (the ancient Jewish Supreme Court of 71 Sages), during 50 CE – 70 CE, a direct […]
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  • It is the season for Jewish unity!

    By jwadmin on September 13, 2018
    By MOSHE PHILLIPS and JOSHUA GOLDSTEIN It can be claimed that no single day in the Jewish liturgical calendar is clearly meant to showcase the unity of the Jewish People than Yom Kippur. And during Yom Kippur no single service symbolizes that unity more than Kol Nidre. A short declaration made with a call that we all stand together is […]
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  • US departure from conventional wisdom

    By jwadmin on September 13, 2018
    Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: a US-Israel initiative” September 13, 2018, https://bit.ly/2p0VHYi The evolution of President Trump’s stance on the Palestinian issue reflects extrication from conventional wisdom, which was embraced by his predecessors and the establishment of the State Department, academia and the media, while systematically crashed against the rocks of Middle East reality. In contrast to his predecessors, […]
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  • A High Holidays plea: Listen to each other on Israel’s nation-state debate

    By jwadmin on September 12, 2018
    By Rabbi AVI WEISS (JTA) – The High Holidays are approaching. It is a time when Jews worldwide join together in the spirit of camaraderie, pouring out their hearts for a good new year. But the lead-up this year has been different, often pitting Jews against Jews in bitter controversy. Rosh Hashanah 5779 arrives with the passage of legislation declaring that […]
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  • My sister: A pioneer as a teacher in special education!

    By jwadmin on September 6, 2018
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO As a child, I was in awe of my big sister. Eight years my senior, Laura wore the best clothes (big skirts with tons of crinolines); listened to the best songs (No to Elvis; Yes to Pat Boone and Johnny Mathis); and exuded a confidence that I lacked. It wasn’t until I was an adult, working with Special […]
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  • A Jewish atonement ritual (not the chicken one) gets an eco-friendly makeover

    By jwadmin on September 6, 2018
    BY PENNY SCHWARTZ SOMERVILLE, Mass. (JTA) – On the first afternoon of Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz will lead her congregation on a walk to the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse on the Mystic River for tashlich, a centuries-old ritual when Jews symbolically discard their sins from the past year into a moving body of water. But instead of the customary bits of […]
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  • Rosh Hashanah (New Year) guide for the perplexed, 2018

    By jwadmin on September 5, 2018
    Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: a US-Israel Initiative” Based on ancient Jewish Sages, September 5, 2018, https://bit.ly/2NfMtFe More on Rosh Hashanah and other Jewish holidays: http://bit.ly/137Er6J 1. Rosh Hashanah (“the beginning of the year” in Hebrew), the Jewish New Year (5,779), is celebrated on the first day of the Jewish month of Tishrei (תשרי).  Tishrei was a Babylonian term […]
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  • This Torah study tool is everywhere — but you may have never heard of it

    By jwadmin on August 29, 2018
    By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – One of these days, maybe ahead of Simchat Torah, you are going to attend a Jewish studies class. Or not. But let’s say you do. You’ll sit in a classroom, or a lounge, or in the front row of a synagogue. There will be a teacher, and he or she will pass […]
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  • SecularSynagogue.com hopes to connect Jews to culture and community

    By jwadmin on August 29, 2018
    TORONTO – As individuals and families increasingly balance work, social commitments, and competing interests both online and offline, traditional activities — including worship in religious institutions — are being left behind. But according to a recent Angus Reid Institute survey, people still want spirituality in their lives: just 19% claim to be non-believers, while 30% say they are privately faithful […]
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