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USY drops its ban on officers dating outside the faith

The United Synagogue Youth board’s decision to lift the ban on its board members’ dating outside the faith raises many questions.

First and foremost: What is the origin of the values reflected in this decision? Those of the teenagers or those of their parents?

One USY member who had considered running for her region’s board dropped the idea when she learned of the ban (now rescinded). She said: “It disappointed me a lot that I had to give up that opportunity [to run for the USY regional board] because of my secular life.”

This USY member went on to say: “Obviously people who are active in USY are people who are passionate about their Judaism. . . . if we choose in our secular life to date someone who is not of the Jewish religion, I don’t see why there should be limitations within USY.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 January 2015 11:58 )

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Obama to Sony: Don’t cave. Amen... up to a point

Sony Pictures was hacked, apparently by North Korea for making a stupid comedy, “The Interview,” about an assassination attempt on the leader of North Korea. Assassinations should not be the subject of comedies. The assassination of a murderous dictator may be justified, but making a comedy out of such a matter is not. The thing is, in a free society, one is allowed to be stupid. That’s what North Korea does not understand. President Obama hit the nail on the head when he said that Sony ...
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Big Brother is watching the police, who’s next?

Let the message go forth from this time and place, police in America are no longer trusted, and no longer trustworthy. They need to be watched, literally, every moment they are on duty. Big Brother, in the form of tiny but effective cameras, must watch, literally, their every interaction with the public. Item: Charles Kondek, 45, a 17-year veteran of the Tarpon Springs, Florida police department, was shot and killed Dec. 21 by a fugitive trying to evade a warrant. Marco Antonio Parilla, Jr., 23...
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Chanukah is not a ‘minor’ holiday

In the context of the winter season, or of the “December dilemma,” Jews often say that Chanukah is a “minor” holiday. Apparently, the characterization is meant to stand in contrast to the “major” holiday of Christmas. Chanukah marks the triumph of loyal Jews over those who assimilated into ancient Greek culture. What’s minor about that? Chanukah marks the miraculous continuation of the service in the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem — the discovery of one day’s worth of ritua...
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Palestinians forsake negotiations

Jordan, on behalf of the Palestinians, was scheduled to submit a resolution to the UN calling for the complete withdrawal of Israel from the West Bank by 2016. Whether the resolution will pass was, as of press time, uncertain; and,  if it passed, whether the US would veto it, was also uncertain. Our guess is that the US would veto it because it would not achieve Palestinian statehood via negotiations, which the US favors. Rightly so. Unilateral statehood, or statehood via resolution, would mer...
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Gabe Friedman For the first time, prominent rabbis and renowned mental health researchers engaged in a public discussion about homosexuality and Orthodoxy. ... [Link]

Israeli filmmaker wins top honor at Buenos Aires festival

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From the Archive: First rumblings in the battle for pluralism at the Western Wall

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FBI chief apologizes for Holocaust comment on Poland

Cnaan Liphshiz Comey’s apology, which came on Monday at the urging of the Polish foreign ministry, follows his op-ed about the Holocaust, which was published last week by the Washington Post. ... [Link]

Israel, Portugal honor ‘humble’ priest who saved Jews

Cnaan Liphshiz A devout and private man, Joaquim Carreira first received recognition for his heroism only last year. ... [Link]

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