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Is all Zionism really religious Zionism?

PASSOVER 5774 EDITION
SECTION C PAGE 23

There was a great deal of religious ambivalence about Zionism in its early years.

On the one hand, the return to the Land of Israel had always been a religious aspiration of the Jewish people, and yet the nascent movement was a secular movement to its core, whether in the neutral sense that it viewed state-building as a non-religious endeavor, or in the anti-religious sense of jettisoning the exilic Jewish past in favor of a new Jew and a new anticlerical and anti-bourgeois ideology.

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 April 2014 02:56 )

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Happy Birthday, Aviv(a)

PASSOVER 5774 EDITIONSECTION C PAGE 24 Every year, my niece Aviva has the longest birthday party in the world. She was born seder night. And boy is it fun milking her birthday for all you can. The years we share seder with her, she is the centerpiece of the evening. Clearly, in her honor, dessert for Seder night calls for a kosher for Passover birthday cake, a joyous culinary challenge to come up with. Of course, since her birthday is seder night, her actual party with her peers is after Passo...

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 April 2014 02:50 )

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Silence in the Haggadah and beyond

Silence in the Haggadah and beyond PASSOVER EDITION SECTION A PAGE 4 “. . . a time to be silent and a time to speak.” — Ecclesiastes 3:7 HAGADDAH means “telling” and Passover, of course, is the holiday of retelling the exodus from Egypt — the holiday of conversation, of questions and answers, of debates and inquiry. However, in one small corner of the Haggadah silence reigns. The fourth son in the Haggadah does not know how to ask a question. “You open up for him,” says the Haggadah. You start the conversatio...

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 April 2014 02:57 )

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Denial and the demonic

Denial and the demonicOn its face, this portion is Leviticus at its most inaccessible. Ugly lesions and discolorations appear on a person’s body. The victim turns to the priest. Based on the criteria laid down in last week’s portion, the priest knows whether this disfigurement is a sign of disease, requiring medical treatment, or a sign of ritual impurity. If the latter, the priest banishes the victim from all contact with society. Depending on various changes in the victim’s physical condition, he remains in ...
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Conservative Lens

Judaism, Christianity, environmentalism

AS I have often noted, the most dynamic and influential religion of the past hundred years has not been Christianity, let alone Judaism, the two religions that created the Western world. Nor has it been Islam. It has been leftism. Leftism has influenced the literary, academic, media and, therefore, the political elite far more than any other religion. It has taken over Western schools from elementary through graduate. For most of that time, various incarnations of Marxism have been the dominan...
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