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  • Fatah fighters’ escape to Israel and what it means

    August 21, 2008 | 12:42 am

    Even for the complex Middle East it was a moment of exceptional irony. Some 180 Fatah loyalists fleeing a series of shootouts and summary executions by Hamas

    on the streets of Gaza ran for the border -- banking on the mercies of the enemy they usually target.

    Remarkably, Israeli...

  • Cry of the Leper

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    What do we do with the things that frighten us most? Sometimes we have the will to overcome that which we wish we could run from, choosing not to hide away in the safety of our own bubble. We have the courage to face the demons, either personal or communal; we stare down the fear and...
  • Please God, heal her now

    By Rabbi Judith HaLevy

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In shuls across the world this Shabbat we will hear five short, simple Hebrew words: El na, refah na lah (Please God, heal her now).

    Our prayers are never more heartfelt than when we ask for intervention in the process of sickness and death. God, we are saying, we acknowledge that...