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The Israel Sermon Rabbis Should Dare to Deliver ...
American presidential historian, McGill professor, "The Age of...
Treating Israel as radioactive is a form of delegitimization. Our enemies -- and we do have enemies -- win every time we avoid discussing an entire country, in all its complexity, because it has become "too hot to handle."
Happy Holidays -- Which Ones?
William B. Bradshaw
It may be politically correct to say "Happy Holidays," but it is historically, culturally, and religiously incorrect!
A Place for Sadness: Reflections on Tisha B'Av and the Wholeness of a Broken Heart
Rabbi Michael Bernstein
Congregation Gesher L’Torah
This week, we are immersed in the days leading up to the most mournful day in the Jewish calendar, Tisha B'Av, which marks the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem and the horrific degradation and loss of life that were wrought.
What I Prayed For My Son This Jewish New Year
Mother, writer, editor, content consultant, pro snacker
If ever there was a place that should welcome children with disabilities, you'd think it would be a house of worship. But that hasn't been our experience.
In Defense Of Animal Sacrifice
Rabbi David Wolpe
Author and Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles
Who could defend sacrificing animals? Really? As someone who has not eaten chicken or meat for decades, I would nonetheless like to speak up on behalf of sacrifice.
Israel And The Three Weeks Of Jewish Mourning: Hope Amid Sadness, Confidence Amid Doubt
Rabbi Edward Bernstein
Rabbi, Temple Torah, Boynton Beach, FL, GreenFaith Fellow
Tisha B'Av and the Three Weeks are a focal point of catharsis after which we can -- indeed, must -- get on with our lives to continue to build, dream and create a better world.
Ghost Stories: Israel's Past Comes to Life
"I'm having a love affair," our cousin Motti confides, "with ghosts." It's a pitch-black night but artificial light glows on the walls of Jerusalem's Old City just beyond us.
The Miracle(s) Of Hanukkah
Rabbi Laura Geller
Rabbi Emerita,Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills
What is the real miracle of Hanukkah? It is the miracle of human courage that empowers us to take risks for the future even in our imperfect, uncertain world. It is the courage, even in the darkest of times, to create our own light.
Ancient Roman Pool Unearthed In Jerusalem (PHOTOS)
Curtis M. Wong
Come In, Take Your Shoes Off: A New Look at Tisha B'Av
Let me tell you who I was, or who I believed myself to be, when I came to be built among you. You saw me as a bridge between the earth and heaven, but come closer.
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