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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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