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What adults should learn from summer camp

HELLO muddah, hello faddah.  Here I am at — Camp Grenada . . . ”

Even when everything goes wrong, there’s nothing Allan Sherman’s singing camper wants more than to stay at camp. It’s where he and his fellow campers enjoy getting away from home — playing, making friends, learning Judaic practice and getting into mischief.

Simultaneously, campers are picking up subconscious information — about fair play, contributing to society and identifying with place, culture and religion — all within a context of assuming that adults will take good care of them.

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 09:22 )

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It’s the economy, smarty

MAYBE it’s time to invoke a modern Jubilee on the global economy. Jubilee is the Leviticus concept that every 50 years, with a sounding of the shofar on Yom Kippur, debts are forgiven, slaves freed, and title to lands let go. Basically, every half century, we start over. As the Gulf of Mexico fills with oil, personal and national debts hit fabulous levels, incomes and ownership have so polarized that fewer than 20% of the world’s people control most of its resources, and nearly five billion...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 07:33 )

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The extraordinary vision of our sages

SOMETIMES our environmental situation reminds me of an old joke: The doctor asks his wary patient, “Do you want the good news or bad news?” Patient: “Gimme the good news first.” The doctor, “You’ve got 48 hours to live!” The patient cries, “That’s the good news? What’s the bad news?” Answers the Doc, “I just figured this out yesterday.”

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 07:58 )

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Advantages from now and antiquity

WHEN the Israelites moved out of Egypt, they left the world’s dominant empire by simply crossing a “sea of reeds.”  Which route they took over which reed sea is still an open question, and it’s no mean feat to move 600,000 Israelites any distance. But the world was so “small” and undeveloped then that our ancestors were able to enter a wilderness by simply leaving Ramses or Pithom. While the Torah describes a 40-year odyssey of wandering, before bringing Moses to Mt. Pisgah, overloo...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 08:11 )

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Bal Tashchit and the great food circle of life

WHAT if you knew you could heal the world by throwing your food away — in the right place? It’s now possible for faith-based communities in about 30 of America’s larger urban areas to recycle and compost most or all of the food and packaging materials they generate, and create no-waste celebrations — which satisfies those key Biblical environmental principles, “don’t waste” (Leviticus) and steward the earth (Genesis). For most of human history, we have been grinding up the earth...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 08:15 )

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Uriel Heilman A close look at how the questions were asked and how the polls were conducted yields some hints. ... [Link]

In West Bank settlement, Jewish protesters clash with police

Julie Wiener Some protesters in Beit El threw rocks at police after 200 demonstrators were forcibly removed from two buildings ordered to be demolished. ... [Link]

Jewish lawmakers shut out noise as they consider Iran nuclear deal

Ron Kampeas Key members of Congress are counting calls to their offices and planning town halls as they consider how to vote on the agreement. ... [Link]

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Gabe Friedman After the Jewish dating site is done suing JSwipe for its use of the letter “J,” it should move on to these other “J”-branded entities. ... [Link]

Study: Most Jewish students faced hostilities on North American campuses

Julie Wiener Nearly three-quarters of over 3,000 respondents to the Brandeis survey said they were exposed to anti-Semitic statements and one-third were verbally harassed because they were Jewish. ... [Link]

FBI investigating anti-Semitic vandalism at Michigan Jewish camp

Julie Wiener At least two people reportedly spray-painted a swastika on a sign outside the Orthodox overnight camp during Tisha b’Av. ... [Link]

Jewish groups stake out positions on Iran deal, but whom do they represent?

Uriel Heilman A kerfuffle in Los Angeles is highlighting the apparent gap on the agreement between American Jews and Jewish organizations. ... [Link]

Pollard granted parole, lawyers urge Obama to waive travel restrictions

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

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