Recently, a scandal emerged within the Orthodox community when Rabbi Hershel Schachter, a halakhic leader and member of the faculty of Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), made an overtly racist comment that was recorded at a London conference....
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After the 1967 Six-Day War, much of the radical left in the West predicated its militant anti-Zionism on the illusory notion that the Palestinians represented a revolutionary and “progressive” vanguard that could one day mobilize the Arab masses in the cause of social revolution....
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NEW YORK (JTA)—The newsletter sent out last month by Temple Israel of New Rochelle contained the usual sort of announcements, including a reminder about the synagogue’s upcoming Purim carnival, mazal tovs and condolences, and information about a social event at a local...
November 8, 2008 | 12:02 pm
God-fearing folks like me are taught that moral behavior comes from diligent reading and observance of God’s Word. Indeed, I was moved by C.S. Lewis’ argument in “Mere Christianity”:
“I fully agree that we learn the Rule of Decent Behaviour from our parents and teachers, and friends...
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August 21, 2008 | 12:46 amI have often wondered why some of the best thinkers of our time refuse to believe in human progress. After all, there was a time when tens of thousands of ordinary citizens flocked to the gates of the Roman Coliseum to enjoy the sight of wild beasts tearing human beings to pieces....
August 13, 2008 | 11:58 pm
Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Living your childhood dreams
"Brick walls are there for a reason," wrote the late Dr. Randy Pausch, author of the best-selling book, "The Last Lecture." A computer scientist and former professor at the University of Virginia and Carnegie Mellon, Pausch...
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August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pmFrom 2000 to 2002, I led a graduate seminar titled, "Post-Holocaust Ethical and Political Issues," at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. Among the topics covered was the politics of memory.
One of the case studies we explored was the controversy...
July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pmThe people are confused and aimless. Lately they have been attracted to the neighboring Moabites. The Israelite men have been seen consorting with them -- some serious interdating. Moses and Aaron don't know what to do; they are old men, out of touch. They seem to enjoy sitting...
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Shalhevet School is on a winning streak, bringing the Los Angeles yeshiva high school to national prominence in the areas of ethics, politics and sports.
Shalhevet is the only Jewish school and the only school in Los Angeles included in a national report on how to produce students...
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We have been bombarded with the phrase "moral values" ever since it was announced that 22 percent of voters cited it as the single
most important consideration in the 2004 election. Not Iraq, not terrorism, not the economy.
Moral values. It is also reported that 23 percent of...
July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm
What would happen if a Palestinian terrorist were to detonate a bomb at the entrance to an apartment building in Israel and cause the death of an elderly man in a wheelchair, who would later be found buried under the rubble of the building? The country would be profoundly shocked....
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Neil Simon has always laced his plays with aspects of his own life and, at age 75, he takes on mortality -- specifically the mortality of a creative writer -- in "Rose and Walsh."
In the world premiere of his 33rd play, now at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, Simon examines death,...
February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Something vital is missing from public and day school curriculums, says Dr. Hanan Alexander, a rabbi, educator and author of "Reclaiming Goodness: Education and the Spiritual Quest" (University of Notre Dame Press, 2001), which received the 2002 National Jewish Book Award in...
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A professor in seminary once asked us to find themost important section in all the Torah. We offered Creation, theShma, the Exodus, the revelation at Mount Sinai. No, he argued, it'ski teze l'milchama (Deuteronomy 21): "When you go out to war against yourenemies, and the Lord God...
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