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  • The Birthday of the World and Pseudoscience

    By Roger Price

    September 18, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    Soon Jews will celebrate Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year. This year will be 5775 in the Jewish calendar.

    Rosh HaShanah, is sometimes called the “birthday of the world.” The reference is somewhat confusing, though. It does not concern the first day of creation as described in...

  • Climate crisis and the birth of eco-Judaism

    By Rabbi Arthur Waskow

    July 1, 2013 | 4:56 pm

    During the past generation, we have discovered that we are facing a global crisis in the relationship between human action and the web of life on Earth. That discovery has stirred an ancient but sleeping Jewish concern for the Earth into new energy and a new approach --  ...

  • The day the Earth stood stupid

    By Marty Kaplan

    May 13, 2013 | 9:28 am

    Say goodnight, Earthlings.

    That message — plus the slimmest of shots at an eleventh-hour reprieve — was announced to the people of the world last week. 

    When this happens in science fiction — 1951’s “The Day the Earth Stood Still” is the classic — the planet pays attention. ...

  • UPDATE: Meteorite explodes over Russia, more than 1,000 injured

    February 15, 2013 | 10:00 am

    A meteorite streaked across the sky and exploded over central Russia on Friday, raining fireballs over a vast area and causing a shock wave that smashed windows, damaged buildings and injured 1,200 people.

    People heading to work in Chelyabinsk heard what sounded like an...

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  • Israel ready to train new astronaut

    January 31, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    Ten years after the death of Ilan Ramon on the space shuttle Columbia, Israel is ready to train a new astronaut.

    Israel Space Agency chairman Yitzhak Ben Israel said Wednesday that the agency is in talks with international space agencies to place an Israeli astronaut on the...

  • Space Shuttle Columbia: From Shoah to the stars

    By Pat Sierchio

    January 23, 2013 | 12:48 pm

    On Feb. 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated as it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, tragically taking the lives of all seven astronauts on board. Among those who never returned home were Israeli Air Force Col. Ilan Ramon — Israel’s first and only astronaut — and a...

  • The end is nigh. Seriously.

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 18, 2012 | 11:54 am

    In countless cartoons, there’s a guy in a robe and long beard who’s walking around carrying a sign saying The End Is Nigh. The joke is that he’s ridiculous – some loony who takes the Book of Revelation literally.  But what if the joke’s on us?

    The June 6 issue of the...

  • Jerusalem, Tel Aviv on new Google project

    June 5, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    Jerusalem’s Old City and parts of historic Tel Aviv are featured in Google’s new “World Wonders Project,” although Jerusalem is not included under the Israel category.

    The project allows visitors to take a virtual tour of the 132 historic and heritage sites from 18 countries and is...

  • Israel and the world Pt. 4- weekly news from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 29, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    • On April 22nd, Israel showed respect for our homeplanet by turning off the lights for one hour. Three weeks after most of the world, the state of Israel was shut down from the day-to-day activities and rush. For one hour, the lights in most Israeli houses were turned off, and...

  • Anti-Israel Israelis?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 4, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    Hana Shalabi, a member of the Islamic Jihad, was one of the 1027 prisoners who were released for the return of Gilad Shalit. On February 16th, she was arrested again, for being recognized as a potential threat to the safety of Israel. Following her arrest, she went on a fast for...

  • Opinion: Population boom? Why 7 billion isn’t enough

    November 1, 2011 | 11:04 am

    I may be a rabbi who lives and works in the heart of New York City—in fact, I was just voted one of Gotham’s “hippest”—but believe it or not, I occasionally catch a glimpse of an endangered species.

    I’m talking, of course, about young married couples. They seem to hibernate...

  • A vain belief that the earth is the center of the universe

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 29, 2011 | 9:36 am

    While many Christians believe that evolution was part of God’s plan, many others believe that it was not and that Creation took place over seven literal days. It’s understandable why Christians would argue this point. But I can’t imagine why anyone will still hold onto the notion...

  • Balancing resources and lives -- being Jewish and 'green'

    By Amy Hirshberg Lederman

    December 11, 2008 | 12:23 am

    I entered the classroom, where more than 30 Jewish adults who had been studying together for the past semester buzzed in conversation. I began class by asking my students a simple question: "Are you concerned about what is happening to our environment and worried about what the...
  • VIDEO: A Sacred Duty—A Jewish response to threats to our environment

    July 8, 2008 | 4:09 am

    From the Internet Archive:

    A Major Documentary on Current Environmental Threats and How Jewish Teachings Can Be Applied in Responding to These Threats.

    Produced by Emmy-Award-winning producer, director, writer, and cinematographer Lionel Friedberg, A SACRED DUTY will take its...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The Red Valley

    Have you seen the Red Planet lately? A few weeks ago, Mars came closer to Earth than it has in thousands of years. Usually, Mars is 50 million miles away. Although it is now receding, it is still about 34 million away. That means that it's 16 million miles closer...

  • The Reality of Desert Life

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Draped in a deep, earthen-red shukah, adorned with circles of brightly beaded necklaces and head-to-toe with body paint made from ochre and sheep fat, the Masai warrior keeps a silent vigil in the midst of the relentless equatorial heat of East Africa. His life is a mission from his...
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