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To be Jewish is to protest

“THAT’S not fair! She got more than I did! You love him more than me!” How many times have you heard those words from a small child? How many times have you thought them yourself — even as an adult?

We are born with the innate need to alter the things we experience as unjust. A toddler who needs attention drives his parents crazy, whining and needling, just to be heard. A teenager who feels unjustly assessed by parents or teachers will often act out in ways that assert her frustration with not being judged fairly.

And as adults, we complain (or kvetch) about things that bother us or that we feel are wrong.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 January 2014 02:24 )

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Women and tefilin

“SAID Rabbi Chananel in the name of Rav, ‘the titura (bridge) of the tefilin (phylacteries) is halachah le-Moshe mi-Sinai’ [oral tradition going back to divine revelation to Moses at Mt. Sinai]. “Said Abbaye, ‘the ma’avarta (passage or channel) of the tefilin is halachah le-Moshe mi-Sinai.’ “And Abbaye said, ‘the shin (letter) of the tefilin is halachah le-Moshe mi-Sinai.’ “It was taught, square tefilin are halachah le-Moshe mi-Sinai.’ “Said Rabbi Yitzchak, black st...
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Does the Bible believe in slavery?

Does the Bible believe in slavery?DOES the Hebrew Bible — the Torah — believe in slavery? The answer seems straightforward. This week’s Torah portion opens (Exodus 21:2-6): “If you buy a Jewish eved [the Hebrew may be translated slave, servant, or bondsman], he shall work for six years and in the seventh he shall go free, for no charge. If he shall arrive by himself [unmarried], he shall leave by himself; if he is the husband of a woman, his wife shall leave with him. If his master will give him a woman and she bears h...
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Because who is perfect?

A STUMPED arm. And leg.Three toes. A malformed spine. These are  some of the visuals in a profoundly moving video that came across my desk. “Because Who is Perfect? Get Closer” was produced by Pro Infirmis, a Swiss advocacy group for the disabled. There is something so human and raw about it. The goal was to create a window display for Zurich’s high-end exclusive shopping Bahnhofstrasse — a display of disabled mannequins, cloaked in high fashion, supplanting the usual, unattainable,...

Last Updated ( Friday, 17 January 2014 06:24 )

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Conservative Lens

Immorality of leaving Iraq

On every level and from every perspective — from pure national interest to the purely moral — the decision by the Obama administration and the Democratic Party to withdraw American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan is indefensible. Let’s look at Iraq. Here is how the front-page article in the Jan. 12 edition of USA Today began: “When the last US combat troops departed Iraq in December 2011, they left behind a defeated al-Qaida and an Iraq where traditional rivals Sunni and Shiite Musli...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:13 )

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