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  • Reply to: How Our Synagogue Is Attracting Young Adults   20 hours 24 min ago

    Lovely. Just one criticism: Why does the Jewish community assume every Jew in his/her 20's and 30's is a professional? And how does the community even define the term? Is a librarian a professional? A teacher (at any level but college)? An electrician? A plumber? Young adult Jews who choose to pursue trades are still Jews and just as deserving of community attention as doctors and lawyers. How about referring to this constituency as Young Adults?" (FYI: I am a 60-something grandmother.)

  • Reply to: Prominent Presbyterians Push Back On Divestment   20 hours 46 min ago

    I am going to take the full page ad, placed in the Times by 120 Presbyterian leaders, as an apology which I accept. I believe it is important to say, however, that several of the Presbyterian ideas expressed in this article are naive and lack depth of understanding. I think it is a case of well-intentioned people who don't know what they don't know. One question I have of my Presbyterian friends: why the obsessive focus on Palestinians? What about ebola in Liberia, stateless Kurds, persecution of Christians in Egypt and Iraq, etc. etc.? There is a whole word of suffering and injustice out there to be concerned about. In the Palestinian's case, it is an undeniable historical fact that Palestinians have had at least 4 or 5 Israeli approved opportunities to have an independent state of their own. 100% of the responsibility for there not being a Palestinian state by now is their's. They can't blame Israel for their misguided actions. They can't blame Israel for the violence they perpetrate and their suffering.
    It doesn't require any knowledge about the facts to feel bad about the millions of people who died because of WW2. It does take knowledge and intelligent analysis to understand WHY millions of people died in WW2.

  • Reply to: N.J. Rabbi: Arabs In Israel ‘Must Be Vanquished’   20 hours 52 min ago

    there is always a lunatic who can be quoted
    better to avoid them

  • Reply to: Controversial Jewish Nation-State Bill Passes Israeli Cabinet Vote   23 hours 39 min ago

    Some people are really, really confused about this issue. 'Israel’s Cabinet passed a bill that would identify Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.' What is controversial about that statement? Nothing. Only evil people who want to destroy the Jewish state object to it. I'm sorry, killing Jews and rendering them stateless is not a legitimate political option. The 'nation state of the Jewish people' is NOT different than the nation state of the German people or the nation of Italy. All three have a national culture, a flag, an anthem, and a predominant religion. Germany is 2/3 Christian. Italy is over 80% Christian. No one argues that Italy and Germany are not Christian countries and democratic. So why the extreme heartburn over the Jewish state? The answer is not complicated. It is nothing other than anti-semitism. Why are some Jews opposed to this law? I am not a mind reader but goose-stepping in line to leftwing anti-religious ideology is my guess. People who are against this simple, basic law in Israel are confused or anti-semitic.

  • Reply to: New Court Set To Free Agunot   1 day 13 hours ago

    For those who are seriously interested in this issue, see the psak din http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/psk/psk.asp?id=1054