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Unlock The Doors Of Cynicism This Pesach

03/23/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

On Monday night Jewish children all over the world will open their Haggadahs and ask “why is this night different from all other nights?” This classic inquiry focuses on how the seder meal differs from all other festive family dinners. But how it does so is not the only question upon which to focus at the seder. 
 

Honoring A Legacy With Words And Deeds

Passover chesed project, day of study and park
walkway are tributes to the memory of Scarsdale’s Deborah and Rabbi Jacob Rubenstein.

03/23/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Young Israel of Scarsdale fairly hummed with purposeful activity last Sunday morning. In the social hall, groups of pre-teens and teenagers, assisted by several sets of parents, carefully helped younger children paint seder plates, decorate pillow covers and afikomen bags, and embellish Elijah cups.
 

YU President Richard Joel spoke at last week's event, top The sign marking the new walkway. Photos by Jeffrey Alan Steinberg

Sabbath Week: Time Out For Passover

03/23/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Candles: 6:56 p.m. (Fri.); 6:59 p.m. (Mon.);
7:59 p.m. (Tue.)
Torah reading: Leviticus 6:1-8:36
Haftarah: Malachi 3:4-3:24
Shabbat ends: 7:55 p.m.
Chametz: eat before 10:55 a.m.; burn before 11:57 a.m. (Mon.)

 

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Jewish Groups Praise Health Care Reform Bill's Passage

Jewish Republicans: plan will "worsen our already dire fiscal situation"

03/22/2010

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Jewish groups are lauding the U.S. Congress' passage of a health care reform bill.

On Monday, the morning after the House of Representatives passed a measure that would create sweeping change in the way health care is provided in the United States, a slew of Jewish groups issued statements in support and looking forward to its signature into law by President Obama.

B’nai B’rith International was among the groups hailing the bill's passage.

Regrettable Moments & Jewish Do-Overs

03/22/2010

It has been a “season of regret,” with corporate miscues and apologies rampant: Toyota’s recall, NBC’s Jay Leno/ Conan O’Brien scheduling gaffe and final recognition of Time Warner’s AOL blunder. If only there were a do-over. What are the biggest mistakes in Jewish history? We asked Rabbi Charlie Buckholtz, senior editor at the Shalom Hartman Institute and author, to describe regrettable moments in Jewish history where a do-over might have been helpful. Tell us what you think. Any regrets on our regrets? E-mail us at connect@jinsider.com.

Echoes Of ‘As A Driven Leaf’

History, theology and biography collide in Milton Steinberg’s ‘new’ historical novel.

03/19/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Precisely 60 years since his death and just over 70 years since the publication of his classic “As a Driven Leaf,” Rabbi Milton Steinberg’s hitherto unpublished novel “The Prophet’s Wife” will be released at his Park Avenue Synagogue pulpit on March 21.
 

A Time For Touching

03/18/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:48 p.m.
Torah reading: Leviticus 1:1-5:26
Haftarah: Isaiah 43:21-24:23
Sabbath ends: 7:48 p.m.

 

 

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Regrettable Moments & Jewish Do-Overs

03/18/2010

It has been a “season of regret,” with corporate miscues and apologies rampant: Toyota’s recall, NBC’s Jay Leno/ Conan O’Brien scheduling gaffe and final recognition of Time Warner’s AOL blunder. If only there were a do-over. What are the biggest mistakes in Jewish history? We asked Rabbi Charlie Buckholtz, senior editor at the Shalom Hartman Institute and author, to describe regrettable moments in Jewish history where a do-over might have been helpful. Tell us what you think. Any regrets on our regrets? E-mail us at connect@jinsider.com.

Reform's Intermarriage Statement: Historic or Ho-Hum?

My initial reaction last week upon reading the press release/announcement from the Central Conference of American Rabbis’ Task Force on the Challenges of Intermarriage for the Reform Rabbi, was, “It took three years of study of deliberation to come up with THIS?”

Succeeding Simcha

Voters in Brooklyn's 44th Council District will go to the polls on Tuesday to fill the vacancy that was created when SImcha Felder was named deputy comptroller under John Liu. The winner will either by David Greenfield or Joseph Lazar, and in either case would be the third consecutive Orthodox Jew to represent the district, which includes all of Borough Park and much of Flatbush, and probably has more Jews, most of them Orthodox, than many U.S. cities.

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