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  • Silence on Tolerance Issue Stirs Concern

    By James D. Besser

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish leaders were uncharacteristically silent last week as Islamic groups raged against a Department of Defense decision to allow a notorious Islam basher to deliver a Good Friday sermon at the Pentagon.

    Part of that silence was an accident of timing: the controversy erupted at...

  • The Modern Exodus Should Not Be Forgotten

    By Joseph Abdel Wahed

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As an Egyptian Jewish refugee, I celebrated Passover with special meaning. Passover is a time to commemorate the Jews' liberation from slavery in Egypt in 1300 B.C.E. and return to freedom in Israel.

    At my family seders in Cairo in the 1940s, we felt as if we represented the...

  • We Must Share Our Blessings With the Poor

    By Rabbi Alan Henkin

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As we began our seders this week, one of our first acts was yachatz. We held high a matzah and recited, "Ha Lachma Anya" (behold, the matzah, the bread of poverty, which our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt.)

    The very flatness and blandness of the matzah remind us of the empty and...

  • War and Passover

    By Rob Eshman

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Of course this Passover will be different from all other Passovers. This Passover is being broadcast on Fox News.

    The retelling of the Exodus resonates with the real images of a real war. The Israelite liberation echoes in the words of President Bush, who now casts the war almost...

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  • Biblical Parallel to Iraq War Offers Hope

    By David Klinghoffer

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As I got to work clearing the house of leaven and preparing for seders, I couldn't help noticing that the war in Iraq has coincided with the weeks leading up to Passover.

    The coincidence is eerily appropriate. Jewish tradition teaches that Passover has its origins in an ancient...

  • Songs of Power

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    On a December day in 1993, an anxious Lee Hirsch sat on a 747 bound for riot-torn South Africa with $600 and a small video camera.

    The 20-year-old filmmaker didn't know a soul in Johannesburg, but he had two telephone numbers and a mission: To make a documentary about the protest...

  • War necessary and just under Jewish Law

    By Rabbi Irving Greenberg

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    One cannot answer the question of whether going to war with Iraq is morally justified without first establishing what state we are in now.

    The truth, which many American Jews find too bitter to swallow, is that we are in a state of total war already. We face an implacable enemy who...

  • Inspiration Burns in Flames of Menorah

    By Rahel Musleah

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Every Chanukah, I am struck by the beauty of my chanukiyah as the flames glow steadily against the darkness around them. It helps that the chanukiyah uses wicks dipped in olive oil, which nourishes them for hours, instead of candles that burn down in half an hour. I usually admire...

  • Can’t Stop ‘Moment’

    By Jessica Steinberg

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The entire cafe has been redone, from the tiled floor and free-standing square bar, to the newly installed bulletproof windows and replanted flower beds, but the effects of the March 9 bombing at the Moment cafe remain deeply etched in Maimon Amsalem's body and mind.

    The left side of...

  • Community Briefs

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Rally for Freedom

    "Avadim hayenu, ata bnei horin." We were slaves, but now we are free. Pesach's refrain is not true for many. For years, Charles Jacobs, along with many others, fulminated in print and in person against slavery, and particularly against those states, most notably...

  • A Portion of Parshat Bo

    By Abby Gilad

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In last week's parsha, the Israelites sat back and watched as God brought seven plagues upon the Egyptians. This week, we read of the final three plagues. All of a sudden, the Israelites are told that they must help God in the last plague. How? They must smear the blood of a lamb on...

  • A Swift, Immediate Reaction

    By Avi Davis

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Watching the second tower of the World Trade Center crumble into dust on Tuesday, I was able to imagine the horror of the survivors of the Titanic as they witnessed their vessel sink into the Atlantic Ocean. A symbol of human progress and ingenuity, a monument to economic strength...

  • Exploring Faith’s Price

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Love and Liberation: When the Jews Tore Down the Ghetto Walls" by Ralph David Fertig (Writers Club Press, $17.95)

    On Jan. 9, 1807, Prince Jerome of Prussia decreed that the fortifications of the ancient city of Breslau could be destroyed. After 540 years of isolation, the Jews of...

  • Out of Egypt

    By Andrea Gappell

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    At every Passover seder, in each generation, Jews are reminded to see themselves as though they came out of Egypt in person.

    I used to count paragraphs in the Maxwell House haggadah to figure out which parts of the story I would read and how long it would be until dinner. Asking the...

  • A Jewish Renaissance

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A decade ago, the Jewish communities in communist-dominated Eastern and Central Europe were generally written off as dying remnants of the pre-Holocaust past. Forty years of communist restrictions -- and decades more than that in what was then the Soviet Union -- had compounded the...
  • Echoes from the Killing Fields

    April 1, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It's the festival of freedom, and, once again, Allied warplanes are flying the skies of Europe to stop tyranny and protect the oppressed. The bombers that failed to arrive in time to save the doomed Jews of Europe a half-century ago are now speeding hope to the threatened Albanians...

  • ‘They Should Leave as Soon as Possible’

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 7, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    What can be done to help Russian Jewry? Loads, according to Simon Frumkin. He should know.

    The road to liberating Russian Jews has been a long and tortured process, and few people know this more than Frumkin, who has spent decades battling to facilitate Jewish flight from Russia....

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I grew up as a hyperactive child. Of course, noone ever called it that at the time. They didn't yet have suchclinical labels for every childhood behavioral challenge.

    I was just considered to be a problem child. Icouldn't sit still in class and I was constantly (read: daily)getting...

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