For the past two weeks, as we navigated the peaks and valleys of the High Holidays, the cherished and time-sanctified liturgy of our tradition has relentlessly assaulted our senses with a consistent message. Our behaviors have consequences. Our lives are terribly flawed, often because of our own failures and shortcomings. The only hope that we have of achieving redemption is to return to the tried and true path of God, Torah, and fidelity to the ancient covenant that Abraham was willing to sacrifice his beloved child in order to protect.
Changing its longstanding neutrality on the issue of circumcision, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggested recently that the health benefits of the procedure outweigh its risks. In order to understand the reasoning behind the shift, along with its likely implications, The Jewish Week spoke to Dr. Andrew Freedman, a urologist at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Freedman was one of the members of the task force that issued the new, qualified endorsement of circumcision.
A highlight of last year’s National Football League season was the success of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, an outspoken Evangelical Christian who led his team to a series of stirring comebacks. One NFL phenomenon last year was “Tebowing,” a knee-on-the-ground prayer stance that became a national rage after the star athlete knelt on the field to give thanks.
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The American Friends of the Yitzhak Rabin Center in Israel will hold a fundraising dinner at the Plaza Hotel here on Sept. 12, honoring New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Peter Ward, president of the New York Hotel Trades Council. Dalia Rabin, the daughter of the slain Israeli prime minister and a former Knesset member who helped create the center, will speak at the event, as will Chelsea Clinton, who will introduce her.
In 2009, Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum announced its intention to close to the public and sell off its acclaimed 20th-century art collection in response to difficult economic times. Eventually, the plan was rejected amid a furious controversy. Now, Brandeis has renovated the museum and, after an exhaustive search, hired a new director, Christopher Bedford, 35, currently the curator of the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University.