Ozzie, Harriet and Ricky and the Heart of the Matter

When I was a child, there was a couple in my father’s shul that embodied kindness and intelligence. I’ll call them Ozzie and Harriet. They were the nicest, most refined people I ever knew: positive and sensitive. They thought three times before they said a word. When I got older, I learned that they both were psychologists, one in clinical research and the other in private practice. (more…)

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Overestimating and Underestimating

So here we are, at the beginning of a new year. If we really are going to use these sacred days as a time of introspection, we need to ask a basic question: How do we see ourselves? The High Holidays are sort of a base line for measuring where we are in our lives. Do we see ourselves for what we are, or do we see ourselves as better or worse than we really are?

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Walking with Justice

The Walking With series is an adult education course comprising twelve learning units.The course material below opens and read with Adobe Reader. Use as you wish. If you don't have the FREE Adobe Reader in your computer, download it by clicking Walking With series has been created by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in partnership with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the Rabbinical Assembly, the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, and the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs. It has been made possible by the generous support of the Held Foundation, and is dedicated to the memory of Louise and Harold Held. [U1] Social Justice - An Introduction [U2] The Prophets and Social Justice [U3] The Ethical Impulse in Rabbinic Judaism [U4] A Torah of Justice - A View from the Right? [U5] A Torah of Justice - A View from the Left? [U6] Environment [U7] Social Justice and the World of Business [U8] Am I…

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IM Issue 18 – October 2008

Israel Absorbs Georgian Refugees From War

A total of 75 new immigrants fleeing the conflict between Georgia and Russia arrived in Israel with most of them settling in the cities of Bat Yam and Ashdod. The Immigrant Absorption Ministry approved an assistance package for the newcomers that will include Hebrew schooling, employment offers and subsidized rent. Underprivileged immigrants will also receive a grant of several thousand shekels. According to the Jewish Agency, some 120 additional Georgians are preparing to immigrate to Israel within the coming.
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