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Opinion

  • New B’nai Sholom course to review ‘Lost Women Of The Bible’

    By jwadmin on January 18, 2017
    ALBANY–A new course at B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation that will be taught by Rabbi Beverly W. Magidson will introduce the women of the Bible who are mentioned only fleetingly and then seem to vanish from the narrative. “Lost Women of the Bible” will be offered four Monday evenings beginning on Jan. 23 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. at B’nai Sholom, 420 Whitehall Rd., Albany. The Bible teaches […]
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  • Why Did Obama Pander to the UN’s Stunning Anti-Israel Bias?

    By jwadmin on January 13, 2017
    By Maajid Nawaz The Daily Beast LONDON—Just before Christmas the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2334, condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank. By allowing the motion to pass, President Barack Obama crowned his miserable track record in the Middle East with one last high school debating gesture. This was then embellished by Secretary of State John Kerry’s warning […]
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  • Ehud Barak: Netanyahu’s reckless conduct endangers Israel

    By jwadmin on December 28, 2016
    By Ehud Barak September 14 The Washington Post Ehud Barak was prime minister of Israel from 1999 to 2001 and defense minister from 1999 to 2001 and 2007 to 2013. During the past two years, a sense of gloom has taken over my country, as pride in Israel’s accomplishments and self-confidence grounded in reality have given way to fear-mongering, victimhood […]
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  • Making the connection—We can see and hear you now!

    By jwadmin on December 28, 2016
    By Marilyn Shapiro How difficult it must have been for my grandparents! Their children Fran and Bill lived at least eight hours away, first in Vermont and Connecticut and then in small towns in Upstate New York. Between the distance and the logistics involved trips were limited to one or two week visits that they made by train from Brooklyn and […]
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  • I’m wearing a kippah now — for solidarity and visibility!

    By jwadmin on December 28, 2016
    By DAVID A.M. WILENSKY SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) — I do not like wearing a kippah. I grew up in a Reform synagogue where few people wore them, including the rabbi. The gendered nature of it bothers me. (Why, in some “egalitarian” synagogues, are men forced to wear them but not women?) And, quite frankly, I don’t like being told what […]
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  • Conservative group ousts rabbi for performing intermarriages

    By jwadmin on December 28, 2016
    By BEN SALES NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Conservative Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom has been expelled from the Rabbinical Assembly(RA), the movement’s rabbis’ association, for performing interfaith weddings. An ordained Conservative rabbi for 44 years, Rosenbloom was expelled in November by unanimous vote, with abstentions, after a hearing of the R.A.’s Executive Council. Since 1972, the Conservative movement has prohibited its […]
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  • Advice for new Administration: Minimize Middle East mistakes!

    By jwadmin on December 28, 2016
    By DANIEL PIPES – All 177 foreign embassies located in Washington, D.C. are no doubt attempting to read the tea leaves and figure out what President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy will look like. But his inconsistencies and contradictions render this nearly impossible. Therefore, rather than speculate, I’ll focus on what U.S. policy in one region, the Middle East, should be, starting […]
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  • Why I light my menorah in the window — and you should, too

    By jwadmin on December 28, 2016
    By EDMON J. RODMAN LOS ANGELES (JTA) – In the weeks before Chanukah with anticipation of the holiday brightly filling my mind, the darkening news of rising anti-Semitism in the U.S. began to filter in. As I pictured our menorahs burning in their usual place —  the front windows of our home — a warning light began to blink. Though Chanukah represents […]
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  • An ADL inspiration

    By jwadmin on December 26, 2016
    The  World of Difference program was developed, in part, by Jane Golub of Schenectady.
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  • Rabbi Sacks on Leonard Cohen’s “You Want it Darker”

    By jwadmin on December 9, 2016
    I’ve been enriched by Leonard Cohen since about 1969. (Jim Clevenson)
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