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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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White House rebukes Israel over eastern Jerusalem building

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Palestinians targeting late 2016 for Israel’s West Bank withdrawal

Marcy Oster The Palestinians will ask the United Nations Security Council to set a deadline of November 2016 for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. ... [Link]

Giant Ukraine JCC provides shelter from the storm — in style

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Fliers posted at UC Santa Barbara blame Jews for 9/11

Anthony Weiss A series of fliers posted on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, accuses Jews of being behind the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. ... [Link]

B’Tselem OK again as Israel national service stop

Marcy Oster Israeli human rights group B’Tselem can again receive national service volunteers. ... [Link]

Polish Jewish group planning cemetery memorial

Marcy Oster An organization in Wronki, Poland, is creating a lapidarium-style memorial at the site of a destroyed Jewish cemetery in town. ... [Link]

Car explodes at Atlantic City synagogue

Uriel Heilman A synagogue leader’s car exploded in a suspected arson attack in Atlantic City, N.J. ... [Link]

Three Israeli soldiers who fought in Gaza committed suicide

Marcy Oster Three Israeli soldiers who fought in Israel’s Gaza operation have committed suicide in recent weeks. ... [Link]

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