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December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pmMy daughter flew home for Thanksgiving with two college friends in tow. At the dinner table, the conversation revolved around computers and the antics of the Stanford Band. At some point in the course of that whirlwind four-day visit, Hilary informed me that, though she's been...
October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pmOver the High Holidays, somebody scrawled Nazi swastikas and the epithets "Cursed evildoers" and "Evildoers, you will die" on the front door of the Reform movement's Har-El Congregation synagogue in midtown Jerusalem.
This was only the latest act of vandalism against Har-El, Israel's...
October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm
"But then a man with a red beard held aTorah out and called 'Zaleski, I give this honor to Zaleski.'"Photo from "The Jews In America," 1995.
By 1965, I was a well-established suburbanite living inSpringfield, whose Jewish community included both a Reform andConservative congregation....
August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Predictably, it happened again. Conservative and Reform Jews choseto demonstrate their right to worship at the Kotel in their way, menand women together. This time, however, the worshipers had officialclearance. But their permit did not help. Sadly, but alsopredictably, Orthodox Jews...
July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pmThe fracas this past Shavuot at the Western Wall, in which a group of Conservative worshippers became the target of epithets and projectiles cast by a group of out-of-control Orthodox Jews, prompted a number of non-Orthodox leaders to hurl some words of their own.
Rabbi Arthur Waskow,...
July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pmFrom the day the first Reform temple opened, in 1810, Orthodoxy has not had one definitive, consistent response to heterodoxy. Sharp condemnation and angry rhetoric often punctuated with plaintive requests that the reformers reconsider their mistaken ways and