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Reflections on Israel's Anniversary and the Environment

35 Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 08:23 PM (EST)

The anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948 (5 Iyar on the Jewish calendar, observed this year May 9-10) has become a major holiday throughout the mainstream Jewish community in Israel and around the world. On Yom Haatzmaut (Israel Independence Day), many synagogues recite...

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The Song of Songs: Passover's Poetic Wonder

5 Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 03:14 PM (EST)

If ever a holiday was intended to have "spring in its step," it's Passover. As I noted in my last post, Passover is much more than a celebration of the Exodus. It is also a celebration of spring and is rooted in agricultural rites that demonstrate a clear link between...

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Green Passover: Taking Responsibility for People and Planet

5 Comments | Posted April 9, 2011 | 09:20 PM (EST)

"[God said], 'For the Land is Mine. You are but strangers and sojourners with Me" (Leviticus 25: 23).

"In every generation, each person is obligated to see him or herself as having gone out from Mitzraim (Egypt) [from slavery to freedom]." These words are central to the...

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