In searching outside the realm of his own cultural tradition for wisdom, Maimonides showed us how we can build on our commonalities through a process of mixing. His life is proof that people of various backgrounds can break down walls which divide us upon our differences.
It seems to me that an open-minded thinker, free of biases and misconceptions, would have no choice but to acknowledge the veracity of this argument. When properly understood, it is simple, direct -- and tough to refute. Why then does it seem to have so few backers?
Can two time-tables -- biblical creation and modern cosmology -- be legitimately reconciled or is that just so much theological grasping at straws? From a classical Jewish perspective, it would seem relatively easy to do.
The bill could be perceived by some as essentially un-Jewish. However, in order to reach a proper conclusion in this debate, what needs to be determined is an authentic Jewish perspective on wealth redistribution and charity in general.
In Weiner's Jewish tradition, the word most commonly translated as "sin" is the Hebrew word "het," a term that means, essentially, to "miss the mark." The idea is that there is always an opportunity to recalibrate, aim and try again.
In light of its recent statements against the Cordoba House, the ADL appears to have moved from a knee-jerk defense of Israel to an aggressive stance attacking American Muslims even when there is no criticism of Israel involved.
This is the prize which each of my Jewish loves - my Jewish teachers, my Rabbi and my Rebbetzin, my Jewish friends, my special Jewish Navigator and every Jewish patient has ultimately taught me: inside every Muslim is an inner Jew.