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Competing speeches at the UN: Abbas and Netanyahu, September 23, 2011

September 25, 2011
Competing speeches at the UN: Abbas and Netanyahu, September 23, 2011

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas gave his long anticipated speech at the UN on Friday calling for the UN to recognize an independent Palestinian state in the 1967 borders. Iraeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave his anticipated rebuttal. Now the UN will debate for weeks or months before bringing the matter to the Security Council...
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Nitzavim 5771 — Sentencing guidelines for Rosh Hashana

September 21, 2011
Nitzavim 5771 — Sentencing guidelines for Rosh Hashana

When someone in the USA commits a “Federal offense,” and are convicted of the crime, they are sentenced according to a standard set of Federal Sentencing Guidelines. The guidelines, which are available online, are very complicated. Everything is a “points” system, where there are so many points given for the basic offence the person...
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Price Tag — A violation of Jewish Law

September 20, 2011
Price Tag — A violation of Jewish Law

Originally published by the Jerusalem Post, September 20, 2011. By Rabbi Barry Leff There’s an old joke which illustrates the foolishness of the tag machir (price tag) campaign. A Chinese guy and a Jewish guy are walking along the street, and all of a sudden the Jewish guy punches the Chinese guy in the mouth....
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Ki Tavo 5771 — Do what is right and good in the eyes of the Lord

September 17, 2011

 First published on the Rabbis for Human Rights – North America web site. “And it shall come to pass, if you shall give heed diligently to the voice of the Lord your God, to observe and to do all His commandments which I command you this day, that the Lord your God will set you...
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Israel’s 9/11 Commemoration

September 12, 2011
Israel’s 9/11 Commemoration

Why do we have commemorations of 9/11? Clearly, there are many reasons.  To honor the dead. To reflect on the impact that horrendous day has had on all of our lives.  To remind us of the struggle we are in against the forces of evil. Honoring the dead is clearly the major reason.  There...
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Remembering 9/11

September 9, 2011

  At 7:00am California time on September 11, 2001, I was at home in Los Angeles, still in bed, when the phone rang.  It was my mother, calling from Denver: “turn on your television, something terrible is happening in New York” were all the words she could choke out.  Confused, we got up, turned...
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