Monthly Archives: February 2011

Let Them Eat Cake

These are not the first riots we have seen in Egypt in recent years and the revolution was somewhat predestined.  There is an indisputable link between the cost of bread, wide gaps between the rich and the poor and populist … Continue reading

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Patrilineal Descent in the Reform Movement

In 1983, leaders of the Reform Movement in America determined the status of individuals born of mixed parentage.  In somewhat revolutionary fashion, they decided that children born of a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother would be considered Jewish within Reform … Continue reading

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Knowing and Believing

Why do people refuse to believe in a higher being?  For the following reasons: (1) people need an increased sense of certainty for issues that are most important, (2) there is a religious double standard for knowledge, (3) believing in … Continue reading

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Is Conservative Judaism Relevant?

Conservative Judaism is an ideological response to two main philosophical frameworks that existed in 19th century Germany.  On the right, one segment of European Judaism was religious and held Halachah as binding; and on the left, European Enlightenment thinking and … Continue reading

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Jewish Settlements: A Chassidic Perspective

Modern Jewish Voice is canvassing Rabbi’s and community leaders on the issue of settlements to better understand the political and religious implications of Jewish life in the West Bank.  The following was authored by a Chassidic Rabbi who wishes to … Continue reading

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A Paradox in Turkey

The Turkish government has released new findings from an inquiry it conducted on the Israeli raid of a Gaza bound boat which resulted in the deaths of eight Turks and a Turkish-American.  The Associated Press reported that among the findings … Continue reading

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Consequentialism and Israeli Arabs

According to consequentialist thinking, where existence is justified by virtue of what is achieved when a particular institution is in place, Israel has the most justifiable government in the region.  Within the scope of consequentialism, the desirability of an institution … Continue reading

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