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Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A matter of trust, sanctity
The arrest last week of Rabbi Barry Freundel on six charges of voyeurism has shaken his congregation, Kesher Israel in Georgetown, as well as the Jewish community of greater Washington and the Orth...
Oct 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Staying ahead of crises
Recent news of the first transmission of the Ebola virus in the U.S. — a nurse in Texas infected by the disease while treating the now-deceased Thomas Eric Duncan, with the CDC attributing her infe...
Oct 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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A particularly dreadful year
As the United Nations General Assembly gathered this week in New York, one U.N. watcher was quoted as saying: “It does feel like a particularly dreadful year.” The ballooning of the Islamic State, ...
Sep 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Settlements as punishment?
The building of settlements in the West Bank of Israel is, to say the least, controversial. In Israel itself, there is a lack of consensus regarding the effort. The Palestinians believe that the se...
Sep 09, 2014 | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another witch hunt?
The choice of Canadian law professor William Schabas, 63, as chairman of a U.N. human rights panel to investigate violations in the Gaza war does not inspire confidence that the group’s processes o...
Aug 21, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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We’ve seen this before
The scourge of anti-Semitism is rearing its ugly head in Europe. And a troubling number of people aren’t even pretending anymore. Gone are the days of the false explanation that “I’m not anti-Semit...
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rabbis bearing witness in Ferguson
Early last week, national faith leaders called rabbis, pastors, priests and imams to Ferguson, Mo., a city rife with racial violence and pain. Along with my rabbinic colleagues from Truah: The Rabb...
Oct 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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A tale of two rabbis
Confirmation bias — also called confirmatory bias or myside bias — is a tendency for people to favor information that confirms their preconceptions or hypotheses regardless of whether the informati...
Oct 29, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Issues to consider when voting
Editor’s Note As voters make up their minds in advance of Election Day this Nov. 4, The Jewish Chronicle asked a diverse sampling of leaders of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community which issues they feel ...
Oct 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Conversions and politics
Immediately after Rabbi Barry Freundel of Washington, D.C.’s Kesher Israel Congregation was arrested and charged with placing hidden cameras in the changing room of an adjacent ritual bath, the que...
Oct 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ is an injustice to our father’s memory
On Oct. 8, 1985, our 69-year-old wheelchair-bound father, Leon Klinghoffer, was shot in the head by Palestinian hijackers on the Achille Lauro cruise ship. The terrorists brutally and unceremonious...
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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How Palestinian ‘lawfare’ could backfire
When it comes to a long-term solution for our conflict with the Palestinians, there is no unanimity among Israelis. Many feel that the two-state solution is the only realistic option, while others ...
Oct 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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From opera house to House of Commons, Diaspora Jews are the target
This week, the opera “The Death of Klinghoffer” opened in New York. Rightly castigated for its invocation of unpleasant Jewish stereotypes and its apologia for the Palestinian terrorists’ murder of...
Oct 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Archives
Barry Rubin remembered for pursuit of truth
by Abby W. Schachter
Feb 21, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
“The key question for us is what kind of breakout time we can accept,” said a diplomat speaking on condition of anonymity. The unnamed source quoted in this week’s Reuter’s story is referring to th...
Work to do
Feb 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
Last week, we used this space to criticize the recent — and sadly, latest — attack on a Reform synagogue in the Israeli city of Raanan. The Beit Shmueli synagogue has been targeted several times in...
Outrageous resource guide
Feb 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
When the Presbyterian Church (USA), at its 2012 General Assembly in Pittsburgh, narrowly rejected a resolution to divest from companies doing business in Israel, while at the same time adopting a m...
Addendum: Cantor saves Torah when fire starts
Feb 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
Since the publication of Tom Harrison’s column in the Butler Eagle, Cantor Michal Gray-Schaffer of Congregation B’nai Abraham has updated the conditions of the Torah scrolls, particularly the small...
Torah damage brings faith communities together in Butler
by Tom Harrison, Guest Columnist
Feb 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
BUTLER — Of all the misfortunes that could befall a Jewish congregation, the one that recently visited Congregation B’nai Abraham was especially painful. The Torah scrolls — the Butler synagogue’s ...
Comforting to know
Feb 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Last week, a Torah scribe from Florida visited the Tri-State area. Rabbi Yochanan Salazar checked and repaired Torah scrolls at a Reform congregation in Wheeling, W.Va., and Conservative and Orthod...
Israeli rabbinate reversal was never about Avi Weiss
by Yehuda Kurtzer, Guest Columnist
Jan 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
My social networks are celebrating the turnabout by the Israeli Rabbinate about the legitimacy of Rabbi Avi Weiss as a halachic decisor on matters of Jewish identity for issues of personal status i...
So when is a Christmas wreath not a Christmas wreath?
by Rabbi Jonathan R. Katz, Guest Columnist
Jan 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
In December, just before Christmas, hundreds of thousands of wreaths adorned with large red bows were placed at graves in cemeteries across the country and abroad administered by the U.S. Departmen...
My father’s survival at Auschwitz — by a twist of fate  
by Menachem Z. Rosensaft
Jan 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — My father decidedly did not want to be in Auschwitz. True, few Jews had any desire to be there, but my father actually did something about it. Repeatedly. Deported for the first time fro...
In the meantime …
Jan 30, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
News out of Israel suggests all sides are closer than ever to an agreement allowing egalitarian worship at the Western Wall. The Israel daily Haaretz reported Monday that Women of the Wall chairwom...