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Humanism and the fear of G-d

Humanism and the fear of G-d

SAY the word G-d and one tends to think of the beyond.

To the Rabbi Israel Salanter and his Musar disciples, say the word G-d and one should think of people.

Of humanity.

Musar teaches that religion — coming close to G-d — is also about coming close to people.

This reorientation, in a nutshell, was the innovation of the Musar movement that Rabbi Israel began.

G-d-consciousness does not exclude humanism, and humanism need not exclude G-d.

And so, if we ask, is G-d inside us or outside us, the answer has to be both.

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View From Denver

The Jewish claim to the land of Israel

The Jewish claim to the land of IsraelThere is blatant anti-Semitism out there. Check this: “At this point, if Netanyahu appeared on TV with a necklace made from the teeth of Palestinian children, would anybody be surprised? #Gaza.” That’s a tweet from a professor whose job at the University of Illinois was (thankfully) rescinded. Try this: “Our brothers and sisters in Palestine are slaughtered by the Jewish pigs.”
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Liberal Lens

Juking the job stats

A DECADE ago, as the US hemorrhaged manufacturing jobs, the federal government considered reclassifying fast food as a manufacturing industry. Sounds ludicrous? Today, with the manufacturing sector still ailing, the federal government wants to take something called “factoryless goods” and categorize the firms that make them as manufacturers. As part of the plan, the government could also classify some foreign-manufactured goods as US exports. The change would help politicians make the case ...
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Reflections

What makes Jewish time tick?

I grew up in a home where time was always a stressful issue. Mom was usually dressed and ready to go to a party at least 24 hours before it started. Before any vacation, you could find her suitcase sitting proudly by the back door — at least two days before we were scheduled to leave. Then there was Dad, who had this annoying habit of sauntering into the house after a sweaty game of tennis about five minutes before company was expected. Before any car trip, you would find Dad poring over roa...
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View from Central Park

A circle has closed

This past week a circle has closed. It began seven weeks ago with the kidnapping and murder of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali. A war ensued. And right at the gates of Tisha b’Av, it drew to a close. Soldiers, their military boots removed, sat on the ground, in lamentations. Never before have the words of the Tisha b’Av mincha prayer resonated as they did this year. “Libi libi al chalaleihem, my heart cries out for the dead soldiers.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 August 2014 03:34 )

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Marcy Oster The Arrow 2 interceptor missile missed its target during a joint U.S.-Israel test. ... [Link]

5774: War in Gaza, upheaval in Ukraine and American Jewish assimilation made for an anxious year

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Marcy Oster Suspected hate crimes against Jews and Muslims soared in New York City amid the Gaza conflict. ... [Link]

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