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A sukkah's dispensation

What is more significant, a fine deed or its supposed meaning? Take the giving of charity. It is deemed by Judaism to be of supreme importance. It saves lives. It puts food on the table. It advances worthy causes. It sustains the study of Torah. But when one writes out a check, is one thinking of all that? Usually not. The deed itself, the check-writing, is more significant than the meanings attached to it.

With the holiday of Sukkot, it is just the opposite. With the sukkah — the wood-covered hut that is the centerpiece of Sukkot — the meaning trumps the deed.

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Finally, American Muslims take off the wraps

We won’t go so far as to say that a recent response by a coalition of American Muslim organizations can redeem the tone-deaf, insensitive, extremely poorly thought out plan to put a mosque at Grand Zero, but there is no doubt that a call by a coalition of American Muslim leaders for a “week of dialogue” is a positive and long overdue step. The Muslims have called on fellow Muslims to conduct open houses at their places of worship, the weekend of Oct. 22-24, to help ease tensions, accordin...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 September 2010 05:42 )

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The Allied Jewish - emphasis Jewish - Federation

The Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, as the name implies, is Jewish. Accordingly, the vast majority of its fundraising targets and the charities it supports are Jewish. Likewise, most of its staff and volunteer time, most its events and meetings, most of its brainpower and cultural ambience, are Jewish. But what is Jewish? In the federation scheme of things, the answer is obvious, but sometimes surprisingly. And appropriately so. This week, for example, “Jewish” is a federation call to...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 September 2010 05:42 )

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Spears into pruning hooks: a basis for Yom Kippur hopes

When one nuclear weapon can destroy a country, it does seem ludicrous to stockpile hundreds and thousands of such weapons. Equally, it seems ludicrous to make an issue when a single such weapon is subtracted from the nuclear stockpile. Yet, every subtraction of weaponry is worthy of note. If it is possible to subtract one, it may someday be possible to rid the world of weapons altogether.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 September 2010 13:50 )

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Leadership missing at the top; angst throughout the land

An update on the 1972 “it took a Nixon to go to China” trope in diplomacy: it takes a “war on terrorism” to keep the peace at home. President George W. Bush spoke of this war, and spoke of it openly and often, and waged it; he also distinguished between a peaceful Islam and a jihadist Islam. And for the eight anniversaries of 9/11 (2002-2008) during Bush’s two terms, there was peace in the US and unity in the land on the sore subject of 9/11.

Last Updated ( Friday, 17 September 2010 06:29 )

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JTA News

War crimes complaint filed against Hamas in U.S.

Marcy Oster A Tel Aviv-based NGO filed the complaint on behalf of 26 American citizens over an attack for which Hamas claimed responsibility. ... [Link]

After the nuclear negotiators go home, what happens next?

Uriel Heilman If a deal is reached, who needs to approve it? What are Israel’s alternatives? How are the U.S.-Iran nuclear talks reshaping the Arab Middle East? ... [Link]

GW student gov’t addresses swastika incidents with request for added security

Marcy Oster A student senate resolution at George Washington University asked the school to install more security cameras in dorms. ... [Link]

Dermer: Israel must speak up on Iran threat

Marcy Oster Israel’s U.S. ambassador, making his first public comments since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was re-elected, also reaffirmed strong U.S.-Israel ties. ... [Link]

Plans for 2,200 homes in Jerusalem Arab neighborhood gain preliminary approval

Marcy Oster The plans approved by an Interior Ministry committee in Israel also will retroactively approve 300 illegal Arab homes in the same neighborhood. ... [Link]

Iran talks deadline extended a day

Uriel Heilman “‎We’ve made enough progress in the last days to merit staying until Wednesday,” a State Department official told reporters. “There are several difficult issues still remaining.” ... [Link]

From ‘80s to today, Israeli ‘family’ revels in close ties

mbrodsky A group of new immigrants to Israel, brought together by a shared army program, has stayed close for decades even with some members no longer in the country. ... [Link]

What biblical villain is Obama most like (besides Haman, of course)?

Julie Wiener Why, less than a week before Passover, did Rabbi Shlomo Riskin slam Obama with a Haman comparison rather than a Pharaoh one? ... [Link]

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