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Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune
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Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune
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Dumb Democrats
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Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune
Dumb Democrats
Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune
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editorial
Save planet Earth
While it makes us nervous that the United States is now “aligned” with Syria and Nicaragua as the only other country that is not a member of the Paris climate accord, the real significance of Presi...
Jun 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Reunited Jerusalem at 50
The celebrations of 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem have been going on in that city since last month’s Jerusalem Day. This week, with the anniversary of the Six Day War on the secular...
Jun 07, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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A nastier, more brutish budget
National Jewish organizations are notoriously prolific when it comes to issuing press releases. So the near silence that followed the issuance of President Donald Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget on Ma...
Jun 01, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Haredi Israel in 2059
Israel’s fast-growing haredi Orthodox population is, in many ways, distinct from mainstream Jewish Israelis, whether secular, traditional or modern Orthodox. Like many Israeli Arabs, large segments...
May 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Recipes for disunity
For decades, Haredi-Orthodox authorities have sought to tighten their control over Israel’s already strict interpretation of personal status questions, such as who may marry and whose conversions a...
May 18, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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The toxic brew of politics and religion
Here’s a thought experiment: Imagine your rabbi dedicating his Yom Kippur sermon to why he will be voting for Candidate X come Election Day, and why you should, as well. Now suppose the rabbi made ...
May 11, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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opinion
Jeremy Corbyn didn’t sin, so British Jews shouldn’t give up on Labour
For me, the main takeaway from the British election June 8 was that Jeremy Corbyn, the far-left leader of the opposition Labour party, didn’t win it. Most of the ridicule in the wake of the electio...
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Judaism requires us to pursue the goals of the Paris climate accords
The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement has demanded that we all ask ourselves where we stand on questions of climate change, global warming and our collect...
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Netanyahu calls Trump’s bluff on settlement construction
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apparently wants to convince us that he is not interested in reaching a peace deal, but in maintaining power by catering to his radical right flank and the...
Jun 14, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israel critics accidentally admit there is no ‘occupation’
Noted literary couple Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have discovered a new cause: the evils of “the Israeli occupation of the Palestinians.” Having become experts on the subject after one brief ...
Jun 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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From Greeley, Colo., to Manchester, England
For those — like me — who’d never really given any thought to singer Ariana Grande before the terrorist atrocity at her concert in the British city of Manchester, it took a few minutes to figure ou...
Jun 07, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Did President Trump deliver on his first overseas trip?
As I began writing this piece, President Donald Trump was flying on Air Force One heading to Saudi Arabia. There he met with leaders from the Gulf Arab states and others from across the Muslim worl...
May 31, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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The noxious notion of Jewish privilege
In March, anti-Semitic posters were spread across the University of Illinois at Chicago attacking “white privilege” and going further by charging that white privilege is primarily “Jewish privilege...
May 31, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Archives
Work to do
Feb 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
Last week, we used this space to criticize the recent — and sadly, latest — attack on a Reform synagogue in the Israeli city of Raanan. The Beit Shmueli synagogue has been targeted several times in...
Outrageous resource guide
Feb 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
When the Presbyterian Church (USA), at its 2012 General Assembly in Pittsburgh, narrowly rejected a resolution to divest from companies doing business in Israel, while at the same time adopting a m...
Addendum: Cantor saves Torah when fire starts
Feb 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
Since the publication of Tom Harrison’s column in the Butler Eagle, Cantor Michal Gray-Schaffer of Congregation B’nai Abraham has updated the conditions of the Torah scrolls, particularly the small...
Torah damage brings faith communities together in Butler
by Tom Harrison, Guest Columnist
Feb 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
BUTLER — Of all the misfortunes that could befall a Jewish congregation, the one that recently visited Congregation B’nai Abraham was especially painful. The Torah scrolls — the Butler synagogue’s ...
Comforting to know
Feb 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
Last week, a Torah scribe from Florida visited the Tri-State area. Rabbi Yochanan Salazar checked and repaired Torah scrolls at a Reform congregation in Wheeling, W.Va., and Conservative and Orthod...
Israeli rabbinate reversal was never about Avi Weiss
by Yehuda Kurtzer, Guest Columnist
Jan 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
My social networks are celebrating the turnabout by the Israeli Rabbinate about the legitimacy of Rabbi Avi Weiss as a halachic decisor on matters of Jewish identity for issues of personal status i...
So when is a Christmas wreath not a Christmas wreath?
by Rabbi Jonathan R. Katz, Guest Columnist
Jan 30, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
In December, just before Christmas, hundreds of thousands of wreaths adorned with large red bows were placed at graves in cemeteries across the country and abroad administered by the U.S. Departmen...
My father’s survival at Auschwitz — by a twist of fate  
by Menachem Z. Rosensaft
Jan 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — My father decidedly did not want to be in Auschwitz. True, few Jews had any desire to be there, but my father actually did something about it. Repeatedly. Deported for the first time fro...
In the meantime …
Jan 30, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
News out of Israel suggests all sides are closer than ever to an agreement allowing egalitarian worship at the Western Wall. The Israel daily Haaretz reported Monday that Women of the Wall chairwom...
A Pitt grad reflects: Happiness is … Judaism at Hillel
by Samuel Hantverk, Guest Columnist
Jan 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
A good deal of time passed in my life where Judaism was very far back in my mind. Jewish life for me used to just mean meeting up with extended family and friends for the holidays, and here and the...