Viewpoints

As we mourn, let us stop the divisiveness about Israel

As we mourn, let us stop the divisiveness about Israel

By Keith Dvorchik, Special to the Jewish Sound I read with horror this week about the attack in a synagogue in Israel that left five dead, many injured, and millions of Jews around the world demoralized and shaken. How did we arrive at such a place when the vicious murders we have seen in the(…)

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A personal account of the terror in Har Nof

A personal account of the terror in Har Nof

By Tziporah Heller Dear friends, Yesterday at about 7 a.m. my daughter Miri called. “Mordechai just came home from shul. He said that Arabs came in and are shooting, and that a man with an axe is hitting everyone. Some of the people threw chairs at them, but it didn’t help.” The 12 year old(…)

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Op-Ed: Centralizing authority on conversions hurts converts

Op-Ed: Centralizing authority on conversions hurts converts

By Avi Weiss and Marc Angel NEW YORK (JTA) — The Israeli government recently moved to decentralize the conversion system by allowing local courts to convert individuals on their own. Ironically, as Israel moves away from centralization, here in America the Rabbinical Council of America is enthusiastically embracing it. The modern Orthodox rabbinical organization recently(…)

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We have nothing to fear from fear itself

By Rabbi Adam Rubin, Congregation Beth Shalom While most Americans are religious — the great majority of our fellow citizens continue to assert a belief in the Divine (though this has declined in recent years, according to most surveys) — it’s how we’re religious that I find interesting. In order to attract people to churches(…)

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Rethinking Jewish education

By Rabbi Bernie Fox, Northwest Yeshiva High School Jewish education should no longer be marketed as the foundation of Jewish continuity. I have been professionally engaged in Jewish education for over 35 years. Until recently, I believed that we should promote intensive Jewish education as the only proven means of assuring Jewish continuity. My reasoning(…)

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It’s time to act: Vote Yes on I-594

It’s time to act: Vote Yes on I-594

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound Every morning, Seattle mayor Ed Murray wakes up, walks his dog, then gets a report on what happened overnight throughout the city. Invariably, he told a crowd of nearly 200 at Temple De Hirsch Sinai on Oct. 19, there will have been an incident involving gunfire. His audience,(…)

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Op-Ed: What the Freundel scandal says about Orthodoxy

Op-Ed: What the Freundel scandal says about Orthodoxy

By Elana Sztokman, JTA World News Service MODIIN, Israel (JTA) — With the news that Rabbi Barry Freundel, a prominent Orthodox rabbi, has been arrested for peeping at the naked bodies of his female congregants through a secret camera in the mikvah, or Jewish ritual bath, many disturbing questions are being raised about the implications(…)

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Other Jewish values

You published an op-ed written by Ms. Gown and Mr. Bridge (“Fighting extremism and tolerance in Israel and Seattle,” Oct. 3), which urged action concerning the problem of gender-segregated bomb shelters in Israel during the Gaza action. In fact, based on my research, they were referring to one outrageous incident in Ashdod that the Israeli(…)

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A transformative, yet ordinary, message

By Eugene Lipitz, Special to The Jewish Sound When my daughter Sophie went to Israel,  one moment for her seemed a profoundly transformational experience. It wasn’t seeing the Western Wall or the huge variety of Jewish people so different from her own experience. It wasn’t even going to a venture capital meeting with her father to learn(…)

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A Sukkat Shalom: One house, two faiths, sheltered in peace

A Sukkat Shalom: One house, two faiths, sheltered in peace

By Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg, Congregation Kol Ami For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all people. — Isaiah 56:7 For the past 15 years, Congregation Kol Ami in Woodinville has shared space with the Bear Creek United Methodist Church (BCMU) — at one time out of financial necessity for both congregations,(…)

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Forgiving God on Yom Kippur

Forgiving God on Yom Kippur

By Rabbi Will Berkovitz, Special to the Jewish Sound (RNS) On the eve of the Day of Atonement, the story goes, when the house was quiet, the tailor went to the closet and took out a ledger. “Master of the Universe,” he said, “the time has come for You and me to reckon up our(…)

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Returning to our real selves

By Rabbi Ben Hassan, Sephardic Bikur Holim What is Yom Kippur? What does a Day of Atonement mean? Does it mean we can come to synagogue, say some prayers, and fast one day a year so we can run wild the other 364? And then come back next year to wipe the slate clean all(…)

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A community asset

Kudos to the Samis Foundation for the amazing work it is doing (“Samis allocations sustain the community, locally and in Israel,” Sept. 19). Although I thought I was familiar with the Samis Foundation, I never understood the full breadth of its work until I saw the list of grants published in the Sept. 19 JTNews.(…)

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Fighting extremism and intolerance in Israel and Seattle

By Jon Bridge and Carol Gown, Special to The Jewish Sound This summer was hard for any supporter of Israel. As members of New Israel Fund’s local leadership, we shared in the turmoil of Israel under fire and its terribly destructive response. Some of us watched from afar, while some of us spent time in(…)

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