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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 Jewish law (Halachah).

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Reflections

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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View from Central Park

Christian and Yazidi Children in Iraq

In every generation, there are those storied lives of people, basically seemingly regular, ordinary people, whose sense of moral clarity, compassion and courage to act in historic moments is so crystal clear that they ultimately come to pierce the definition of ordinary. They become truly extraordinary.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 August 2015 10:51 )

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Conservative Lens

How do you know what’s right or wrong?

How can we determine what is morally right? The answer to this question — the most important question human beings need to answer — is a major difference between Left and Right. For conservatives, the answer is, and has always been, that there are moral truths — objective moral standards — to which every person is accountable. In America, this has meant accountability to the Creator, the G-d of the Bible, and to Judeo-Christian values.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 August 2015 13:01 )

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View from Central Park

Rawtarian

RawtarianWHENEVER I would hear that someone is a rawtarian, I assumed they were limited to eating carrots and celery sticks or other fruits and vegetables. I love the flavors of fruits and vegetables, but all day? And only raw? It’s not as if I ever considered becoming a rawtarian, nor will I be converting to it now. But I now understand what it actually means.
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JTA News

Teen arrested for allegedly smashing Holocaust memorial in Poland

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) – A teenager in Poland was arrested for allegedly smashing a Holocaust monument and scrawling anti-Semitic slogans and a neo-Nazi symbol on it. The 16-year-old had escaped from a state j... [Link]

Jewish groups welcome Facebook, Twitter pledge to crack down on hate speech

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) – Jewish groups welcomed a pledge by four internet giants to crack down on online hate speech, though some questioned the firms’ commitment to act. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Micros... [Link]

Woman says she was fired from Jewish group for not being Jewish enough

Brian Schaefer (JTA) — A woman is suing a Jewish non-profit health organization for wrongful termination, claiming she was let go because she was not Jewish enough. Helaine Dominguez, 69, was the director of... [Link]

Court awards employee $31,000 for abuse by Netanyahu’s wife

Brian Schaefer (JTA) — A former employee of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Residence was awarded some $31,000 by a Jerusalem labor court for mistreatment at the hands of the prime minister’s wife. ... [Link]

‘Never react to provocations,’ Pope Francis tells Israeli musician

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Asked how to avoid religion-based divisions between people, Pope Francis advised an Israeli musician to “never react” to provocations. The pontiff told this to Ofir Jacob on Monday a... [Link]

Why a small word change is a big deal for Reform women rabbis

Andrew Silow-Carroll NEW YORK (JTA) — Since 1972, when the Reform movement ordained its first female rabbi, more than 700 others have joined her ranks in that denomination alone. But a surprise awaited them, though... [Link]

Liberal Jews plan a summer of opposing Donald Trump

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Boycott Trump? Mock Trump? Trump, the musical? Jewish liberals are ready to sow a summer of Donald Trump discontent in ways that aim both to bludgeon and entertain. Bend the A... [Link]

Brazilian Jewish politician Gerson Bergher dies at 91

Cnaan Liphshiz RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Gerson Bergher, one of Brazil’s most prominent Jewish activists, has died at 91. A former president of the Brazilian Zionist Organization, Bergher, who has served as... [Link]

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