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Death expressed in color

ONE of the things I miss about New York City and love coming back to is fall foliage.

The emergence of that crisp autumn air, the shift to sipping warmer drinks and apple cider, roasting butternuts, making more soup, and bringing out the wardrobe of cozy gold and burgundy colored sweaters to wrap yourself in — it is always a pleasure.

But in New York it feels even nicer.

Of all the places I have ever lived, New York City is the most colorful.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 October 2013 12:21 )

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View From Denver

Born circumcised

THE Greeks who tried to destroy Judaism in the times of the Chanukah story were perceptive. They knew their Judaism. They sought to ban just three out of 613 Jewish practices, and with that to undermine the entire Jewish religion. Their targets were circumcision, rosh chodesh (marking the first day of each new Hebrew month) and Shabbos. I have written extensively in this space on Shabbos; I focus here on the other two. Amazingly, notwithstanding the radical divisions within modern Judaism in t...
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Reflections

Being Jewish is a journey, not a destination

The year was 1982 and the 12 kilometer run for Soviet Jewry was attended by thousands of people who cared about their plight. Dressed proudly in my “Free Soviet Jews!” t-shirt and armed with enough water to fill a small swimming pool, I sprinted enthusiastically for the first half-mile or so, waving to friends along the sidelines like a notable in a parade. But it wasn’t long before I noticed my breath quickening, my knees hurting and the sad fact that I was falling far behind the faster...
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Conservative Lens

A response to Richard Dawkins

This past Friday CNN conducted an interview with Richard Dawkins, the British biologist most widely known for his polemics against religion and on behalf of atheism. Asked “whether an absence of religion would leave us without a moral compass,” Dawkins responded: “The very idea that we get a moral compass from religion is horrible.” This is the crux of the issue for Dawkins and other anti-religion activists — that not only do we not need religion or G-d for morality, but we would hav...
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View From Denver

From honoring parents to honoring G-d

MARK Twain once said, I was born to poor, but dishonest parents. A humorist of lesser renown, the late Fred Englard of Denver, once commented on the Jewish dictum, “give much, give little; it makes no difference so long as one’s heart is directed to Heaven.” Englard said: He who gives little also has to direct his heart to Heaven. Twain introduces us to twists and turns in human relationships. Poverty is not necessarily redemptive, ethically speaking. Englard introduces us to twists an...
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