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A deeper way to honor our parents

America is big on holidays, especially those that relate to family. There’s a holiday for mothers in May, a special day for dads in June and a grandparents day in September that usually includes a pancake breakfast at pre-school. But what inspires these holidays is more than a positive earnings statement for Hallmark.

We honor our parents and grandparents because they have given us life.

The Jewish tradition teaches that there are three partners in the creation of a human being: G-d, a father and a mother. Parents are part of a holy relationship with G-d as the co-parent.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 May 2014 03:32 )

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“Hatikva” — hope

This past week, as celebrations of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s 66th Independence Day, swelled, a feeling of Jewish pride and thankfulness could be felt. Between the festive prayer services, parties, especially song and dance parties, and most modern Israeli item of all, “The Mangal,” the BBQ, there was a lot to celebrate. As Andrea Lowenstein, originally American, now a long time resident of Jerusalem put it: “I can’t imagine who I would be if I just stayed on the ‘easy path,’ and...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 May 2014 03:24 )

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May the entire land of Israel be sold?

May the entire land of Israel be sold?WHAT makes the land of Israel special? It’s not just that the history and identity of the Jewish people are rooted there. It’s not just that the land is holy; that, for example, the Tabernacle stood in Shilo for 369 years or the two holy Temples stood in Jerusalem. It’s not just that Israel is the “Promised Land.” It is also this: Certain agricultural laws in the Torah are observed only in Israel. Two primary ones figure prominently in this week’s Torah portion, with an unusual ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 May 2014 03:24 )

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Conservative Lens

What have you said in private?

A PRIVATE recording of racist remarks by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, in a telephone conversation was released last week. That his comments are racist and therefore contemptible goes without saying. But the incident raises other issues that are not so clear as the racism in Sterling’s comments, yet they are at least as important. One is the increasing release — and the acceptability thereof — of private recordings and videos. Take the video released last month...
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‘Covenant’ — the foundation of Jewish theology

‘Covenant’ — the foundation of Jewish theologyIF one had to sum up Jewish theology in a single word, it would be covenant. This is grasped instinctively. When Jewish German immigrants on the Lower East Side of New York established a Jewish fraternal and service organization 171 years ago, they choose the name B’nai B’rith, “Sons of the Covenant.” The bris (“covenant”), that is, circumcision, is one of the three most observed Jewish rituals (the other two being Passover and Yom Kippur).
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Jon Stewart on filming in — and talking about — the Middle East

Talia Lavin Jon Stewart has been accused of being a “Zionist stooge” — and a self-hating Jew — because of his outspoken opinions on the Middle East. ... [Link]

Pew poll: More U.S. sympathy for Israel than Palestinians

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Yale chaplain blames anti-Semitism on Israel

Talia Lavin A controversial letter from an Episcopal chaplain has resulted in a heated debate over the causes of anti-Semitism. ... [Link]

Appeals court hears claims in Adelson v. NJDC lawsuit

Ron Kampeas A federal appeals court heard arguments in a bid by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson to reinstate a defamation lawsuit against the National Jewish Democratic Council and two of its formal principals. ... [Link]

Obama administration targets array of Iran entities with sanctions

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration sanctioned a broad range of Iranian companies, banks, individuals and institutions, highlighting what it says is its determination to maintain pressure on the country while nu... [Link]

After tensions with residents, Lev Tahor leave Guatemalan village

Ron Kampeas Members of the controversial Haredi sect Lev Tahor left a Guatemalan village after religiously tainted disputes with its Roman Catholic Mayan residents. ... [Link]

This Week in Jewish Farming: Battling the blight

Ben Harris The tomato plant giveth and the tomato plant taketh away — a bit earlier than hoped. ... [Link]

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