Author: Emanuel Feldman

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Adam, Eve, and Rehab Centers

Adam and Eve in the Garden, and the misadventures of Rep Mark Foley and other public figures: what do they have in common? What they have in common is man’s total uwillingness to take...

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An Unworldly Stillness

We each have our own memory highlights of the recently concluded Days of Awe: the Shofar of Rosh Hashana; the magnificent symphony of that day’s Musaf Amida; penetrating prayers like “Who shall live and...

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Our Children Lead Us

One of our grandchildren attends a summer day camp for six- and seven-year-olds in Jerusalem. A few days ago the group was scheduled to spend the entire morning at the beach. They waited expectantly...

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Signs of the Times

After Corporal Gilad Shalit was taken captive, a small notice appeared in our Jerusalem synagogue. Above Shalit’s Hebrew name, Gilad ben Aviva, was a hand –lettered request to recite Psalms and to pray for...

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My Computer is Down!

Some computers crash, but only figuratively. My laptop crashed last week, but literally. Entangled in its own wires, it crashed to the floor with a sickening thud. The repairman told me it would take...

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Guess What’s Become Fashionable?

A funny thing happened on the way to the millennium. Nomenclature that was once limited to the Orthodox and dismissed as being parochial has gradually become de rigueur among non-Orthodox groups. One now finds...

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Everything Goes – Including Halakha

Quoted from the NY Times of Mon, 3/6/06, on the issue now roiling the Conservative movement concerning homosexuality: Many students at the [Conservative Jewish Theological] seminary say they find the gay ban offensive and...

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Parasites

It has been noted in the past, but the Jerusalem Post reported last week that the incidence of haredi volunteerism in Israel is extremely high, according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics. Among Israelis...

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Unfair to Cry “Unfair”

Jack Abramoff emerges from the courtroom wearing a black fedora, and instantly the media pounce on the fact that he is an Orthodox Jew. If he were a Roman Catholic layman, would it matter...

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