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To Everything There is a Season

To Everything There is a Season

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When confronted with evil, it's the time to fight - and to counteract with kindness.

UN Scandal (Yawn)

UN Scandal (Yawn)

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Kofi Annan is a symptom of the UN's sickness.

Darfur: Never Again?

Darfur: Never Again?

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As Jews, we have an increased moral obligation to respond, to speak out and take action.

Friends Don't Grow on Trees

Friends Don't Grow on Trees

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Why are some people blessed with wonderful, caring friends while others seem destined for loneliness?

In Praise of Praise

In Praise of Praise

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Whether the workplace, at home, or school - everyone thrives on sincere praise.

Trains

Trains

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Contrasting our problems with the difficulties previous Jewish generations had to endure puts some things in to perspective.

Life in the Swing State

Life in the Swing State

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Spiritual lessons from the crucial presidential vote in Ohio.

My Car

My Car

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It's been an office, phone booth, dining room, and hair and make-up salon. Last week I got a wake up call that changed all that.

Super Powers

Super Powers

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As a quadriplegic, Christopher Reeve demonstrated heroic powers.

The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule

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Giving others the greatest gift possible.

Standing Strong against Terrorism

Standing Strong against Terrorism

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A cry from an Arab American over the carnage in Russia.

Olympic Champions

Olympic Champions

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A Jewish look at the quest for greatness.

Sublimating Strife

Sublimating Strife

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The fighting in Fallujah may have deep biblical roots

Pulling the Plug

Pulling the Plug

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TV or not TV? That was the question.

Lessons from the 9/11/ Commission Report

Lessons from the 9/11/ Commission Report

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Overcoming our failure of imagination.

Friend or F.O.E.?

Friend or F.O.E.?

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Beware. Forces of Estrangement are lurking everywhere.

To Tell the Truth...Sort of

To Tell the Truth...Sort of

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Deceit and insincerity, both subtle and blatant, permeate our lives.Jaded, we either miss it or shrug it off. Neither reaction is acceptable.

Creatures and Teachers

Creatures and Teachers

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Maimonides' mystifying rodent and the limits of science.

The Myth Of Visible Diversity

The Myth Of Visible Diversity

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It's time to start wearing our Jewishness on our sleeve.

Drugs: A Jewish Problem?

Drugs: A Jewish Problem?

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When a Jewish family needs help with drug abuse, where can they turn?

Park Versus Synagogue

Park Versus Synagogue

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A neighborhood petition taught me how the Torah encompasses all areas of existence.

The Responsibility of Wealth

The Responsibility of Wealth

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When all is said and done, all you're left with is the money you've given away.

The Significance of the Spanish Elections

The Significance of the Spanish Elections

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Another unfortunate example of classical appeasement.

The Cancer of Anti-Semitism in Europe

The Cancer of Anti-Semitism in Europe

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When civilized nations fail to rise up against the Jew-haters in their midst, it is often just a matter of time before the Jew-haters in their midst rise up against them.

Jews and Christians after The Passion

Jews and Christians after The Passion

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Are we supposed to ignore the irony that our strongest allies are now promoting a film that resurrects the charge of deicide?

Gibson's Blood Libel

Gibson's Blood Libel

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When you retell a story in which the role of the Jews is central and give it the most offensive, pre-Vatican II treatment possible, you can hardly claim, "I didn't mean it."

The Passion: The Movie and the Aftermath

The Passion: The Movie and the Aftermath

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Perhaps our best response to this Hollywood missionary effort is to look inward and take pride in the beauty of our own faith.

Mel Gibson and the Jews

Mel Gibson and the Jews

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His latest lethal weapon? Mel's film promises spiritual inspiration but instead evokes the kind of rage that for centuries past resulted in ruthless acts of retribution.

Never Again?

Never Again?

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Gas chambers. Poisoned food. Torture. Families murdered en masse. How much more do we need to know about North Korea's crimes before we act to stop them?

Life Itself

Life Itself

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In the Netherlands emotional pain is sufficient legal justification to assist in one's suicide. What is happening to the immeasurable value in human life?

Heroes

Heroes

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The Jews always honored their heroes, biblical or otherwise, without forgetting that they were human beings and subject to mistakes and failures.

A Picture of Life

A Picture of Life

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The present has become an elaborate excuse to take a picture for the future.

How Could She Do that to Me?!

How Could She Do that to Me?!

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Why do we take things so personally?

If There's Anything I Can Do

If There's Anything I Can Do

by Rebecca Bram Feldbaum

Practical ideas on how to help those who have suffered loss.

Justice and Saddam Hussein

Justice and Saddam Hussein

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There will be no justice for Iraq's former ruler.

A Tale of Two Crypts

A Tale of Two Crypts

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Jawad Amir Sayyid's story makes a powerful symbolic counterpoint to Saddam Hussein's capture.

Let's Do Lunch!

Let's Do Lunch!

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"How are you?" "I'll give you a call!" and other words we use to create the illusion of caring.

Caught in the Middle

Caught in the Middle

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Pulled between responsibilities towards one's children and one's aging parents, "the sandwich generation" have their own unique dilemmas.

Baseless Hatred

Baseless Hatred

by Keren Gottleib

When it comes to finding the negative qualities in others, our imagination becomes a veritable fountain of ideas. But finding the good in others takes so much thought and effort.

It's Already Broken

It's Already Broken

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If having possessions means living in fear and loss, we are not richer for them.

Inside the Tower

Inside the Tower

by Rabbi Chaim Baruch Gluck

A rescue worker looks back to that fateful day.

Blackout!

Blackout!

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Making light out of a very dark night.

Twice Burned

Twice Burned

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Although domestic abuse is totally abhorrent to Judaism, the Jewish community is not completely immune to it.

Confessions of a Television-a-holic

Confessions of a Television-a-holic

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I have decided to go without television for an entire week. And believe me, this is a big deal.

Judaism and Vegetarianism

Judaism and Vegetarianism

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Where's the beef? Examining the pros and cons.

Bar Mitzvah Motivators

Bar Mitzvah Motivators

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The concept of "bar mitzvah" has drifted incredibly far from its true meaning in these materialistic times.

The Truth About Jonathan Pollard

The Truth About Jonathan Pollard

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Pollard's life sentence is based on a humongous Washington whopper of a lie.

A Tribute to Senator Moynihan

A Tribute to Senator Moynihan

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Remembering a great friend of the Jewish people.

Dissolve the United Nations

Dissolve the United Nations

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The civilized world would be better off were the United Nations in its present form to disappear.

Universalism: Can Loving More Mean Loving Less?

Universalism: Can Loving More Mean Loving Less?

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The opposite of Universalism is community, not sectarianism.

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