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Second chances PDF Print E-mail
By Bill Miles   
Friday, 02 August 2013 00:23
Leonard Cohen performs in concert in an undated photo. /Leonardcohen.comLeonard Cohen performs in concert in an undated photo. /Leonardcohen.com

For 36 years, I kicked myself for blowing a chance to see my musical muse in concert.  It was my summer break from college.  I was backpacking solo in Europe and amassing emotional highs and lows.  It was the kind of stuff my hero – the songwriter, poet and bard Leonard Cohen – sang about.  At least I liked to think he sang what I was feeling.

 
Parents are their college-aged children’s heroes PDF Print E-mail
By Rabbi Hershey Novack   
Friday, 02 August 2013 00:18

Rabbi Hershey NovackRabbi Hershey NovackAfter endless shopping trips, anxious parents will soon deliver their children to college for the first time. Some will be cooped up with their soon-to-be-independent high school graduate for many hours on a road trip. Other families will fly.

 
Fighting about egalitarianism in Israel PDF Print E-mail
By Stuart I. Forman   
Friday, 21 June 2013 17:56

For anyone who loves the Jewish people, the fighting in Israel over egalitarianism is cause for great sadness. In my column, “Why the Israeli chief rabbinate is wrong,” in the Aug. 17, 2012 issue of The Jewish Voice & Herald, I tried to show how Judaism is not monolithic in theology or in practice and why there is room for pluralism within the Jewish people and the Jewish state.

 
Every soul is precious PDF Print E-mail
By Rabbi Raphie Schochet   
Friday, 21 June 2013 17:52

After writing this piece in response to Sam Lehman-Wilzig’s oped, “Policy changes will impact ultra-Orthodox,” in the June 7 issue, I showed it to some friends who suggested that the tone was a little angry and perhaps I would be better served to tone it down.

 
Pluralism in Hillel must extend to Israel PDF Print E-mail
By Lex Rofes and Simone Zimmerman   
Thursday, 06 June 2013 14:17

(JTA) – Throughout our four years in college, Hillel has been our home on campus. We have been involved extensively, with one of us serving as president on campus and on the Hillel international board.

While we both found in Hillel a supportive community, when it came to our relationship to Israel, Hillel was not always so welcoming. One of us often avoided expressing political views in Hillel board meetings for fear of losing credibility. The other openly expressed her political views, which was met at times with harsh criticism.

 
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