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Rob Tobin
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Jews may enter a Church for a Christian Funeral
Recently in our community we suffered two losses of beloved Christians whose funerals were in churches.   It has been asked if a Jew can attend the funeral in the church, likhvod hamet , for the honor of the deceased in a church.  The answer is yes, and her...

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Freedom of the Press in Palestine
From WAFA, the official English Language News Agency of the Palestinian Authority comes a piece of news that wants me to buy this novel and read it: Attorney
General says removing controversial novel from shelves is temporary RAMALLAH, February 16, 2017 (WA...

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You Shall Not Oppress a Stranger - Immigration Fiats and Prejudice
This past shabbat, I reminded my congregation that the prayer for our country is a sincere one to be prayed with a full heart: "Our God and God of our ancestors: We ask You blessings for our country - for its government, for its leaders and advisors, and fo...

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To Blog, or Not to Blog
During the election, and the period of transition, I was forceful and deliberate that I would not "take sides" in the election, and that I would affirm that our synagogue is a safe and nurturing space for members of all political parties.  I deeply believe ...

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The Peoplehood Project 4
Today I travel to Israel to join a cohort of Americans that I have been teaching with a parallel cohort of Israeof Israelis over the next week!  Stay tuned as we form lasting relationships between our region and our sister communities in Arad and Ofakim.

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Obama Draws a Final Conclusion Against Israeli Settlements
The United Nations Security Council, in evident haste before the change of administrations in Washington, passed resolution 2334 (2016) affirming that the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank is an ongoing violation of International Law and a p...

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Saber Rattling
As diplomatic lines get redrawn under a Trump administration, certain constants will occur: 1) Trump does not care about the Asian concept of "face," as was indicated by the Bob Dole - Brokered call with the President of Taiwan.  China, which has been attem...

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Emergency Support Needed after Massive Arson Attacks in Israel
The Conservative Synagogue in Haifa's prayerbooks after the fire View this email in your browser The burned prayer books in the Conservative Synagogue "Moriah" in Haifa, Israel this week. Dear Friends, I write regarding the recent destruction in Israel, and...

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The Conservative Synagogue in Haifa's prayerbooks after the fire View this email in your browser Dear Friends, I write regarding the recent destruction in Israel, and to offer you three opportunities to give financial assistance to alleviate their suffering...
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