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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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Rabbi Leonard Beerman, known for pacifism and activism, dies

Marcy Oster Beerman, who grew the congregation of Leo Baeck Temple from 28 members when he arrived in 1949 into one of the most prominent synagogues in Los Angeles, died on Dec. 24 at the age of 93. ... [Link]

New construction approved in East Jerusalem

Anthony Weiss Israeli authorities approved hundreds of new units in Jewish neighborhoods of East Jerusalem on Wednesday. ... [Link]

Jewish cemetery vandalized in central Greece

Marcy Oster A swastika was sprayed on the gates of the cemetery, while the word “Juden,” the Nazi SS symbol, and the epithet “six million more” were scrawled on the cemetery walls in the city of Laris... [Link]

Million-dollar ‘Chocolate Bar': First-grade buddies raise seven figures for rare disease

Julie Wiener Two young classmates at a Los Angeles Jewish day school raised $1 million to find a cure for Glycogen Storage Disease. ... [Link]

Belgian minister issues clarification backing kosher slaughter

Anthony Weiss A Belgian minister has assured the Jewish community that kosher slaughter will continue to be allowed, months after threatening a ban that would have called the practice into question. ... [Link]

In Dallas, a storied Jewish ‘Christmas Day Classic’ turns 50

Gabrielle Birkner It all started when 16 friends came together on Christmas 1964, and started a Jewish sports tradition that would span decades. ... [Link]

Haredi circumcision practice infects New York baby with herpes

Anthony Weiss For the fourth time in 2014, a controversial circumcision practice has led to the infection of a New York City baby with neonatal herpes, according to the city’s health department. ... [Link]

Italian police break up right-wing terror plots

Anthony Weiss Italian Jewish leaders praised authorities for breaking up a right-wing extremist network that appeared to have been planning terror attacks around the country. ... [Link]

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