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LIFE AT ITS HIGHEST
By Ted Falcon
Meditation on the Sh'ma, the central affirmation of our faith, can awaken us to the Oneness of the universe and the interconnectedness of all life.

Says artist David Wander: "The gates represent the religious teachings and prayers that we are all accustomed to, yet opening to reveal a different road; the iron Star of David is also opened (notice the star in the gates). The trees are markers of understanding, each casting a shadow to form a ladder or steps to prayer...Full text
   
Bob DylanSULTANS OF SONG
By Paul Zollo
Jewish songwriters Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Randy Newman have changed the face of popular songwriting in America. Part III of three...Full text
 
FocusA MARRIAGE MADE FOR HEAVEN
By Daniel Levitas

Israel receives steadfast support from right-wing Christians who pray for her ultimate destruction....Full text
   
MY OPINION:
Why Are We Raising Ivrit Illiterates?

By Diana Harmon Asher
While most Hebrew school students recognize the letters in the Hebrew alphabet, can chant tefilah, and--after many hours of repetition--can read their Torah portion and Haftarah backwards and forwards, how much do they understand?...Full text
V'Ahavtah
illustration by Jon Weiman
   
SIGNIFICANT JEWISH BOOKS
by Bonny V. Fetterman

The Pity of It All: A History of Jews in Germany, 1743-1933
Among the anecdotes in Amos Elon's richly-textured history of German Jewry, the most telling is attributed to Erich Maria Remarque, the exiled author of All Quiet on the Western Front. Asked whether he missed Germany after his forced departure in the 1930s, he replied, "Why should I? I'm not Jewish."...Full Text

 

A Book of Life: Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practice
"I rebel against the notion that Judaism is diminished by each passing generation," writes Michael Strassfeld, rabbi of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism in New York. Today's Judaism, he states, does not have to be merely "a truncated version of a once-vibrant and rich tradition."...Full Text

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