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Refugees from the Storm

Refugees from the Storm

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Picking up the pieces in Katrina's aftermath.

Fascinating!

Fascinating!

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Successful relationships are built on making the needs and pain of others as real as our own.

London Calling

London Calling

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Europeans are not about to start singing, "We are all Israelis now," any time soon.

Terror In London

Terror In London

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Yesterday terror arrived on our doorstep. Like Israelis, now I, too, must worry about getting on a train or my son taking a bus to school.

Tomorrow's Promises

Tomorrow's Promises

by Betsey Krause

If I have learned nothing else through my 16-year-old daughter's death, it is that you can never tell your children enough times how much you love them.

For Just One Week

For Just One Week

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What would you like to do for just one week?

She Just Doesn't Get It

She Just Doesn't Get It

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The essential outrage of "Holocaust on Your Plate" was not that it injured feelings, but rather that it equated human beings with cows, pigs and chickens.

Honoring the 5th

Honoring the 5th

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Why our family doesn't do Mother's Day.

You're On the Air!

You're On the Air!

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Imagine how careful you'd be if those around you were watching, listening, and analyzing your every word. Guess what? They probably are.

The Death of Terri Schiavo: An Epilogue

The Death of Terri Schiavo: An Epilogue

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Blurring the line between life and death, and between medical data and morality, her death signifies a disturbing turning point for American society.

My MS Attitude

My MS Attitude

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I lost my job, I'm a quadriplegic, and I'm the luckiest man in the world.

Hunting for Rainbows

Hunting for Rainbows

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She was terminally ill with no possibility for cure. Her husband insisted we do everything possible to keep her alive. I couldn't help wondering: Did we launch her into some painful, hellish limbo?

No, I'm Not a Mommy (Yet)

No, I'm Not a Mommy (Yet)

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I want normal back.

Urban Sprawl

Urban Sprawl

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Environmental preservation has been part of Jewish tradition for 3,300 years.

Almost Normal

Almost Normal

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I always considered "being normal" the most important quality in a person. Then I had a baby with Down syndrome.

Taking Back Nature: A Reflection

Taking Back Nature: A Reflection

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Every so often, we are reminded that we are not the conquerors, but trustees.

Reacting to the Tsunami

Reacting to the Tsunami

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A spiritual response to disaster.

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?

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