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BY Jill Max
September 11, 2013

As summer draws to its inevitable close, I eagerly anticipate the back-to-school rituals that are invariably intertwined with the Jewish holidays. This year, the holidays are early. A rabbi once told me that the holidays are either early or late; they are never on time. I smile whenever I recall this notion. For those of CONTINUE »

BY Pam Weissman
September 11, 2013

There were two telephone lines in our New Jersey home. Liberty 8-7722 was the family line, and Liberty 8-4492 was my dad’s business line; 7722 was my line from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. No phone in my bedroom. I dragged the spirally, burgundy phone wire with the receiver attached to my ear all the way CONTINUE »

BY By Rabbi Geoff Basik
September 4, 2013

“We are One,” say the United Jewish Appeal campaign signs. A friend and colleague remarks, “Really? Isn’t it God that is ‘One’?” So I wonder, is there a connection between the oneness of God and achdut Yisrael, the unity of the Jewish people? Evidence of our disunity abounds; achdut Yisrael is apparently not descriptive. We CONTINUE »

BY By Rabbi Andrew Busch
September 4, 2013

A visit to a doctor may turn out with two kinds of statements: descriptions and prescriptions. The medical description is a diagnosis. The prescription might entail following a course of treatment or, for so many of us, being told simply to watch what we eat and exercise more. In a medical setting, we generally find CONTINUE »

BY By Rabbi Dana Saroken
September 4, 2013

Conservative Judaism has always prided itself on being a big tent. There are inherent challenges that go along with this approach, as sometimes trying to be everything to everybody diminishes one’s ability to take a particular stance or to define a specific vision. And yet, our movement’s commitment to the greater klal Yisrael is both CONTINUE »