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How to avoid extinction

WE just celebrated Tu b’Shevat. It’s about:

• adaptability,

• openness to change,

• investment in the future . . . and incidentally,

• why to become vegetarian.

We brainy homo sapiens are the latest hominid in 2.5 million years of evolution, from long-term hunter- gatherers to recent cultivator-herders.

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Interfaith environmental power

At a time when fundamentalist religious fringe groups are doing their best to bring on the next world by destroying this one, it’s thrilling to see a bigger, more powerful movement of interfaith and progressive religious communities engaged in making the world a better place to live and raise our future generations. Survival does not depend on being the fittest or strongest, but on being the cleverest, most persistent, determined and lucky. Up to now, this column has concentrated almost excl...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 December 2010 06:19 )

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Buy local, join co-ops . . . get contented

I MARVEL at how many brilliant Jewish finance minds have significantly contributed to the meltdown and resurrection of the US economy. While the Boeskys, Milkens, Madoffs, Frankels, Bear Stearns, Kolberg Kravitzs and Goldman Sachs speculated and crashed, the Summers, Bernankes, Geitners and Krugmans advised and manipulated money supplies and structures to, ironically, set the stage for more worldwide financial speculation, manipulation and crashes. Nearly all of these restlessly competitive pl...

Last Updated ( Friday, 26 November 2010 06:28 )

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Invite an immigrant into your sukkah

AS Americans repeat their centuries-old folly of inflaming anti-immigrant passions, we might remind ourselves that the Torah commands us 36 separate times to love or provide for the stranger. That’s more than for Shabbat, sacrifices, Yom Kippur or kashrut. It’s a good idea to recall this Torah commandment at Sukkot, when it’s a mitzvah to invite families, friends, neighbors and even sukkah-less strangers to our booths. We were strangers once in the Land of Egypt, and G-d, Moses and our ra...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 09:03 )

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Rosh Ha-School year

EVERY ending is a new beginning.  This last month of summer vacation deposits us at the start of the new school year, and Rosh Hashanah. What have we learned this summer, and this past year that can carry us forward into next? I always like using stories to deliver the message, and here are three “teaching moments” of tikkun olam: • A college grad is trying to explain modern life to a senior citizen: “You grew up in a different world,” he says, “with no television, computers, jet...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 09:12 )

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Are you a mensch? You can be featured in a film

Gabe Friedman Award-winning filmmaker Tiffany Shlain calls for video submissions for her latest project, “The Making of a Mensch.” ... [Link]

In Paris, planned Jewish center touted as proof community is here to stay

Cnaan Liphshiz The $11 million center, which is slated to open in 2017, will house a large synagogue, two exhibition halls, a gymnasium, offices, and a large terrace to accommodate a sukkah. ... [Link]

Will Israelis pay the price for a natural gas ‘monopoly’?

Uriel Heilman At stake in the development of the offshore natural gas deposits may be nothing less than the health of the Israeli economy. ... [Link]

Belgium to provide $4 million in security funding to Jewish institutions

Marcy Oster Upgraded security could spur the government to reduce the number of soldiers protecting the buildings. ... [Link]

Dutch Supreme Court allows extradition of wanted Israeli rabbi 

Marcy Oster Eliezer Berland, a Breslov Hasid who founded an Israeli yeshiva, is accused of sexually assaulting several of his female followers, including one minor. ... [Link]

Orthodox Jewish groups brace for consequences of gay-marriage ruling

Ron Kampeas Groups opposed to same-sex marriage worry that they could lose their tax-exempt status or become subject to discrimination lawsuits. ... [Link]

Jewish resort that inspired ‘Dirty Dancing’ to become $250-million yoga retreat

Gabe Friedman The iconic Catskills resort — the inspiration for “Dirty Dancing” — will be turned into a health & wellness center. ... [Link]

Arab-Jewish school in Jerusalem vandalized for second time

Marcy Oster Swastikas and anti-Arab graffiti were spray-painted on the walls of the school, which was set on fire in a November arson attack. ... [Link]

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