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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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For Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, there is no joy in debut

mbrodsky For a moment it looked like the Dodgers’ hotshot prospect would be a hero in his first major league at-bat, but it wasn’t to be. ... [Link]

In lame-duck period, Obama administration retreats from peace endeavors

Ron Kampeas With the world in turmoil, President Obama’s last thousand days in office are not likely to be focused on Israeli-Palestinian peace. ... [Link]

Israel’s land seizure: political favor or West Bank game-changer?

Ben Sales Israel has drawn international criticism after seizing nearly 1,000 acres of West Bank land, but some experts say the move is relatively insignificant. ... [Link]

Memorial to Nazi ‘euthanasia’ victims dedicated in Berlin

Julie Wiener Germany dedicated a memorial in Berlin to the more than 200,000 people with physical and mental disabilities who were murdered by the Nazis. ... [Link]

Manhattan’s Ramaz school clarifies advice on concealing kippahs

Uriel Heilman The principal of an Orthodox day school in New York who suggested that students might want to conceal signs of their Jewishness while walking around the neighborhood disagrees — with himself. ... [Link]

Why the U.S. and Israel are not getting along

Uriel Heilman The Obama administration and the Israeli government are looking at the same war but seeing things much differently. ... [Link]

Stan Goldberg, superhero of comic-book illustration, dies at 82

Julie Wiener Comic-book artist Stan Goldberg, the color designer for Marvel Comics’ classic superheroes, has died. ... [Link]

Polish city marks first rabbinic ordination since World War II

Julie Wiener The Polish city of Wroclaw had its first rabbinic ordination since before World War II in its only synagogue to survive the Holocaust. ... [Link]

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