Category Archives: New Visions

Education and Community: The Radius and Circumference

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November 4, 2004

Jonathan Woocher
Being invited to put forward a new vision for Jewish education in 750 words is like being given free rein in the candy store, with a quarter to spend — excitement dampened by frustration. So, with quarter in hand, here is what I see: More »

One Car with Fire in its Belly

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November 4, 2004

Sharon Brous
Rabbi M Arshall Meyer used to tell a great story about a rabbi living in the mid-19th century. When his students heard that a locomotive was coming into the village for the first time, they said to the rabbi, “We’ve got to see the locomotive!” More »

Reclaiming Zionism

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November 4, 2004

Eli Lederhendler
Zionism is not for everyone. Zionism came into the world in the 1880s and 1890s like a whirlwind, upsetting the status quo. More »

Where Only Prophets Dare to Tread

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November 4, 2004

Harold M. Schulweis
In a passage from the Talmud ( Makkoth 24a), Moses’ blessing in Deuteronomy is cited: “And Israel dwells in safety alone.” More »

Where Only Prophets Dare to Tread

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November 1, 2004

Harold M. Schulweis In a passage from the Talmud ( Makkoth 24a), Moses’ blessing in Deuteronomy is cited: “And Israel dwells in safety alone.” The Prophet Amos arose to revoke that dubious blessing: “Oh God, cease, I beseech you! How shall Israel dwell all alone.” Then the Lord repented concerning Moses’ questionable blessing and declared, More »

Jewish Ethical Considerations: Venture Philanthropy and Communal Practice

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November 1, 2004

Steven Windmueller Today’s marketplace offers new ethical challenges to both fundraisers and donors; Jewish law and practice may offer insights affecting communal practice and individual conduct. In Judaism the principle of genevat da’at, the prohibition against creating a false impression and offering complete disclosure in the marketplace, represents the standard by which institutions are to More »