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Oct 08th
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Seeking refuge

For an entire month a sense of preparation and getting closer to something significant has permeated the air. A chasidic tale describes The Days of Awe as a time when “the king is in the field.”

Rabbi Oren Duvdevani captures perfectly a subtle shift that takes place:

Liberal Lens

Warren many block Biden bid

As Vice President Joe Biden reportedly mulls a bid for the US presidency, his champions portray him as a credible alternative to Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton, who faces accusations that she is beholden to the financial industry. But a Biden campaign risks confronting the scorn of one of the party’s most influential progressives, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Though Biden has reportedly sought her favor, Warren has historically disdained him, charging him with acting as a t...
View from Central Park


As a little girl, when I thought of bees, my immediate association was: bee sting. And to do anything and everything to avoid that predicament. I still remember once holding up Rabbi Twerski of Denver’s TRI by a good few minutes when he was picking up his daughter and me at some teen event, and I would not budge, as there was a swarm of bees between me and his car. No way was I going to attempt to cross these stinging specimens’ path.
View From Denver

Too deep — yet inspirational — for me

BEFORE ROSH Hashanah and Yom Kippur, many people look for inspiration. I know I do. Sometimes I am inspired by what I do not understand. Though I am steeped in the rationalist, Lithuanian (“Litvak”) tradition — admirer and consumer of its Talmudic, musar and philosophical works — mysticism speaks to my soul. For example, I am inspired by the writings of the first chief rabbi of Palestine, Abraham Isaac Kuk. I understand next to nothing of what he wrote outside the rational context of J...

To regret or not to regret

To regret or not to regretWHEN MY husband, Ray, was diagnosed with cancer almost four years ago, we became a team, determined to face the challenge of living with cancer head on. From the onset, we talked openly about risks and probabilities as we aggressively researched and pursued treatments and clinical trials. We sought counsel from oncologists, nutritionists, integrative care specialists, loving friends and cancer survivors. And rather than avoid the elephant in the room, we decided to ride it....
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Why did James Franco need a rabbi? and 7 other Jewish news Qs

Jas Chana Bob Dylan, Kim Kardashian and Madonna walk into a quiz — this one. They’re schmoozing, shilling, maybe even schvitzing. And not to be outdone, James Franco pops in for a little celebrating... [Link]

Netanyahu pins wave of attacks on incitement by Hamas, PA

Marcy Oster Saying terrorism has been ongoing since Zionism began, the prime minister asserted in a nationally televised address, “We will defeat it.” ... [Link]

2 stabbed in suspected terror attack in northern Israel

Marcy Oster A crowd started to punch and kick the assailant as he lay on the ground before being dispersed by police. ... [Link]

‘The Muslims Are Coming!’ ads must run in NY subways, judge rules

Gabe Friedman The ruling countered the city transportation authority’s banning of political ads from subways and buses following a controversy over an anti-Islamic ad. ... [Link]

The terror attacks in Israel, a timeline of the escalating violence

Ben Sales A list of the terror attacks that rocked Israel this week and the events that led up to them. ... [Link]

Palestinian man killed during Israeli raid on eastern Jerusalem home

Marcy Oster Israeli forces were looking for a suspect in the Jerusalem stabbing of a yeshiva student earlier in the day. ... [Link]

Israeli army: Palestinian woman was shot after trying to attack soldiers

Marcy Oster The 18-year-old lunged at an Israeli officer who was trying to disarm her at a West Point checkpoint after she ignored calls to put down her knife, the army said. ... [Link]

Israeli man seriously hurt in West Bank stabbing

Marcy Oster The suspected attacker, reportedly a Palestinian resident of Hebron, fled the scene. ... [Link]

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