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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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ISIS calls for attacks on Americans, says Obama is ‘mule of the Jews’

Marcy Oster The jihadist group ISIS called on its followers to attack U.S. citizens and said President Obama was a “mule of the Jews.” ... [Link]

Seniors’ squad sues U.S. Tennis Association over Shabbat scheduling

Marcy Oster A seniors’ tennis team from New York has gone to a court of law to keep from playing a tournament on Shabbat. ... [Link]

At Scotland’s Jewish golf club, the menu is just one sign of changing character

Ben Sales Once a social hub for Glasgow Jews, the Jewish names on the clubhouse walls are among the few remaining hints of Bonnyton Golf Club’s religious roots. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Rationalizing the irrational, a Zionist doctor in Gaza, forgetting Mohammed

Raffi Wineburg JTA rounds up noteworthy news items from the Web. ... [Link]

Wanted: Mossad agents

Ben Sales Does your dream job involve infiltrating barricaded facilities? Targeting suspects identified via security cameras? Then maybe the Mossad is for you, according to a flashy new recruitment video. ... [Link]

Israel’s population rises slightly to 8.9 million

Marcy Oster The official population of Israel on the eve of the Jewish New Year is 8.9 million, a slight increase from last Rosh Hashanah. ... [Link]

Palestinian teens stone Israeli school bus

Marcy Oster Masked Palestinian teenagers throwing rocks and bottles of paint shattered the windshield of an Israeli school bus in eastern Jerusalem. ... [Link]

Horns up: Guinness shofar-blowing record broken in N.J.

Marcy Oster More than 1,000 people gathered at a New Jersey Jewish institution to break the Guinness World Record for largest shofar ensemble. ... [Link]

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