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Religion & Philosophy

  • “Just a little bit of light…”

    By jwadmin on December 4, 2018
    By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB There is so much to say about Chanukah. One hardly knows where to begin. First of all, there is the history. It is recorded in the Talmud, but the historical details contained there are scant: a persecution, a military campaign, a victory, a miracle. Much more is recorded in the extra-biblical texts known as the Books […]
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  • Chanukah guide for the perplexed, 2018

    By jwadmin on November 26, 2018
    Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: US-Israel Initiative” Based on ancient Jewish sages, https://bit.ly/2KxtSRi More on Chanukah and Jewish other holidays: http://bit.ly/137Er6J 1. The miracle of Chanukah. According to ancient Jewish sages, Chanukah highlights a critical, non-conventional interpretation of the term “miracle,” which is a derivative of – and not superior to – reality.   Thus, the Hebrew translation of “miracle” […]
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  • Can nonbinary people speak Hebrew?

    By jwadmin on November 24, 2018
    By BEN SALES NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Some college students who think about becoming rabbis aren’t sure whether they will want to work in a synagogue or school. Others get hung up on which seminary to attend or denomination to join. Lior Gross had a different dilemma: How to speak Hebrew in the first person. Gross, a student at the University […]
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  • Yoram Ettinger: Chanukah legacy in the USA

    By jwadmin on November 23, 2018
    Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: a US-Israel Initiative” November 21, 2018, https://bit.ly/2SbCQ9B The legacy of Chanukah – the centrality of liberty and morality, freedom of religion and defiance of immense odds – has played a major role in shaping the American ethos and state of mind from the Early Pilgrims, through the Founding Fathers’ War of Independence and their […]
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  • Opinion: The Future of American Jewry is Orthodox

    By jwadmin on November 18, 2018
    By Martin Ingall Americanthinker.com The liberal American Jewish population is shrinking dramatically while Orthodoxy continues to grow. The American Jewish future is Orthodox. For many years Orthodox Jews recognized, if begrudgingly, that the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements had appeal for Jews who were religiously uneducated or did not affirm Jewish law, or whose agnosticism meant discomfort with traditional Judaism.  To […]
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  • Almog Elijis, consulate general of Israel, New York sent this note to The Jewish World

    By jwadmin on November 14, 2018
    To the Editor: Hamas is a designated terror organization, motivated by the ideology and doctrine to annihilate the state of Israel. On November 12th beginning at 4:30 p.m. and throughout the night, Hamas launched an unprecedented attack on Israel, firing over 400 rockets from the Gaza strip into Israeli towns and communities. Dozens of Israeli civilians have been hurt by the […]
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  • Rabbi Dr. Abraham Unger to join CBAJ for Shabbat program

    By jwadmin on October 24, 2018
    ALBANY –Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob (CBAJ) will host Rabbi Dr. Abraham Unger, as its fall scholar-in-residence on Shabbat Vayeira, Oct. 27 at the synagogue, 380 Whitehall Rd., Albany. Unger’s Shabbat morning lecture will be, “Judaism and the Global City: Life in an Imagined Halakhic State.”  The community is welcome to attend. Unger is associate professor and director of urban programs in […]
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  • Dr. Grossberg to review Judaism’s confrontation with paganism as Nov. 1 lecturer at library

    By jwadmin on October 24, 2018
    The Judaic Studies Program and the Department of History at the University at Albany and the Colonie Jewish Community Association will host a lecture by Dr. Daniel Grossberg, professor emeritus at the university at Albany, titled “Genesis Confronts Paganism” on Thursday, Nov. 1. The program begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at the William K. Sanford Town Library, […]
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  • William Shatner reports ‘a great deal of anti-Semitism’ growing up

    By jwadmin on October 12, 2018
    NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Actor William Shatner said he experienced “a great deal of anti-Semitism” growing up in Montreal. Shatner, best known for playing Captain Kirk in “Star Trek,” said kids would pick fights with him every day because he is Jewish. He developed the nickname “Toughie” because of it all. “Kids would all crowd around, yelling, ‘Fight! Fight! […]
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  • Rabbi Mendel to review Torah and tech at Beth Emeth Lunch and Learn series; starts Oct. 17

    By jwadmin on October 10, 2018
    ALBANY– Rabbi Norman Mendel will lead eight free weekly conversations this fall on “From Our Genesis Through Our Exodus & Beyond . . . Where Are We Wandering Now?” as part of Congregation Beth Emeth’s Lunch and Learn series. The first session will be held from noon – 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the synagogue, 100  Academy Rd., Albany. Other  Lunch […]
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