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  • Opinions Conflict on Ending Life Support

    By Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Florida case of a woman on life support for 13 years has put issues of how we die and when and how doctors and others should intervene on the front page. Whatever the courts say about that case, however, will only apply to federal and Florida law.

    What would Jewish law say about...

  • New Mikvah Ain’t Your Bubbes Bath

    By Lisa Keys

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Some say Fanit Panofsky was destined to build a mikvah. In her native Morocco, her great-grandmother operated a mikvah. So, too, did her grandmother.

    So it came as no surprise to Panofsky's friends and family when she opened a mikvah in a Fort Lauderdale suburb, her hometown. But,...

  • Gay Halacha

    By David Bianco

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Later this year, the Conservative movement's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards will most likely reconsider the subject of homosexuality. As in the past, the extremes in these discussions are not listening to each other, and there's been no mention of an obvious problem with the...

  • The Liebermans’ Tasty New Year

    By Beverly Levitt

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This year, 5763, Rosh Hashana falls on Shabbat, the weekly observance that Sen. Joseph Lieberman calls "a sanctuary to put the outside world on hold and concentrate on what's really important -- your faith and your family." And although Lieberman, who was the Democratic candidate...

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  • The ‘Contemporary’ Bar Mitzvah

    By Jane Ulman

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "No, Jeremy, you cannot wear 'liberty spikes' to your bar mitzvah party," I say, referring to the hair-style that transforms my son's head into the Statue of Liberty's crown.

    "Mom, you don't understand," he says. "Even when I'm 50, I'll be spiking my hair."

    Oh, to be adolescent...

  • Can We Find the Golden Mean?

    By David N. Myers

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In the opening book of his monumental code of Jewish law, Maimonides declared, "We are bidden to walk in the middle paths which are the right and proper ways...." The great medieval sage was articulating the golden mean, the principle that we should avoid extreme behavior, ethical or...

  • Jews and the Death Penalty

    March 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Many people assume that Jewish law unequivocally advocates capital punishment, because of frequent references to capital crimes and capital punishment in the Torah. But while Jewish law supports the death penalty in theory, the Oral Law makes it difficult, and in most cases...
  • Jewish Law Cited in Death Penalty Case

    By Michael Shapiro

    January 6, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A man who will argue before the U.S. Supreme Court next year that his planned execution in Florida's electric chair constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment" can point to a 2,000-year-old Jewish law when he pleads his case.

    A friend-of-the court brief filed last week in the Supreme...

  • Tangled Web

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    November 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    These are the weeks that we read of our heroes. The book of Genesis tells the stories of the faith and tenacity of the fathers and mothers of our nation for whom every day was another stride in the uncharted waters of living in covenant with God. It was their passionate determination...
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