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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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JTA News

Jonathan Pollard granted parole by federal panel

Marcy Oster The former spy for Israel is to be released on Nov. 20 after serving 30 years of a life prison sentence. ... [Link]

More than 200 French Jews arrive in Israel as new immigrants

Marcy Oster Some 4,260 immigrants from France have arrived in Israel this year, an 11 percent increase from the 3,830 who came during the same period in 2014. ... [Link]

Longest-serving Jewish member of Congress says he’s backing Iran deal

Marcy Oster Rep. Sander Levin, a Michigan Democrat, in his statement also called on Congress to “act to bolster the security of our ally Israel.” ... [Link]

Teen symbol of migration to Germany wants Israel to disappear

Marcy Oster A 14-year-old who came from a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon drew national attention when she cried during a discussion with Chancellor Angela Merkel. ... [Link]

Haredi teen agrees to chemotherapy after rabbi’s intervention

Marcy Oster A prominent Hasidic spiritual leader who was known as the disco rabbi in the 1970s mediated between the patient and his family, and a Haifa hospital. ... [Link]

Canadian police: Couple plotted to kill Jewish children at synagogue

Marcy Oster The couple are trying to have their convictions overturned for plotting to detonate homemade bombs at the British Columbia legislature. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: American Jews must speak out for Haitians in Dominican Republic

Ben Harris As a people who have suffered the deprivation of our rights, American Jews have a duty to the tens of thousands of people of Haitian descent stripped of their citizenship in the Dominican Republic, th... [Link]

Samuel Pisar, Holocaust survivor who was adviser to JFK, dies

Marcy Oster Pisar became a member of President Kennedy’s economic and foreign policy task force in 1960, and also served as an adviser to the State Department. ... [Link]

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