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Everyone can learn from this week’s mishnah

Posted on 30 June 2016

Dear Families, The Mishnah of the Week is something that all ages can learn from. It reminds us to look deeper, beyond what we see on the outside. Young children can begin to understand this but it is most important for young teens. Rabbi Meir says: Do not look at the jug, but at what […] Continue Reading

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Centuries after their service, chance to honor patriotic Jews

Posted on 30 June 2016

I had never heard of this before, but I recently learned that it’s a yearly ritual for members of Congregation Shearith Israel in New York City: They go back to their roots in what is now Chinatown, to their synagogue’s original cemetery, to honor the 20-some members buried there who fought in the American Revolution. […] Continue Reading

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Soul, body have distinct connection

Posted on 30 June 2016

Dear Readers, We have been discussing the status of the human body in the eyes of Judaism, in the last column explaining that the upper spheres created by God are in the spiritual image of the body of man. We left off with the question of: Why would the Al-mighty establish His hierarchy of spiritual […] Continue Reading

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Historical Perspective

Another round of fruitless Israeli-Palestinian negotiations?

Posted on 30 June 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome on June 26 to discuss ways to revive the all-but-dead Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. After discussing details of the rapprochement between Israel and Turkey, Netanyahu told Kerry that he prefers a current Egyptian-led effort to revive negotiations, rather than the international approach […] Continue Reading

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Southwest Jewish Congress CEO Elan moving to Israel

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Southwest Jewish Congress CEO Elan moving to Israel

Posted on 23 June 2016

By Ben Tinsley bent@tjpnews.com DALLAS­ —­ Gil Elan, president and CEO of the Southwest Jewish Congress, is moving to Israel to spend more time with his family — particularly his grandchildren. But the 69-year-old said he is neither quitting nor retiring from his SWJC duties. He isn’t shirking his responsibilities as a Middle East analyst […] Continue Reading

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Historical Perspective

Proselytizing Christians common sight at Air Force

Posted on 23 June 2016

Last month at the general membership meeting of Dallas Post No. 256 of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, the guest speaker was one of its own members, a veteran like the others, but with a unique perspective, being the only West Point graduate in the bunch. Ken Parker, class of ’57, spoke of […] Continue Reading

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Shalom From the Shabbat Lady

How to apply 2nd Mishnah

Posted on 23 June 2016

Dear Families, The second Mishnah of Pirke Avot is one of my favorites. With four questions and four answers, we must look at all separately and then together. Why did Ben Zoma put these together? Who is wise? He who learns from every person. Who is strong? He who controls his passions. Who is rich? […] Continue Reading

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Wise words from Dickens, John finally make sense

Posted on 23 June 2016

This hopeful quote is from a Christian Bible (King James Version) because John originated it: “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” And this quote of conflict begins Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” I remembered both […] Continue Reading

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Around The Town: Treasured traditions, Arts in Israel

Around the Town

Around The Town: Treasured traditions, Arts in Israel

Posted on 23 June 2016

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray sharon@tjpnews.com Treasured Traditions: From the files of the Fort Worth Jewish Archives Summer fun doesn’t get any more traditional than attending day camp. Beginning as an experiment in the summer of 1954, Camp Shalom continues today. The idea of opening a “temporary” day camp grew out of a 1952 Youth Needs […] Continue Reading

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Dallas Doings: Inclusion, Ladies Auxiliary, business relocates, Cinema Emanu-El

Dallas Doings

Dallas Doings: Inclusion, Ladies Auxiliary, business relocates, Cinema Emanu-El

Posted on 23 June 2016

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray sharon@tjpnews.com Inclusion at Beth Torah The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism recently sent out a report on inclusion to al its member congregations. Congregation Beth Torah is proud of what it has accomplished so far, and is planning further inclusion efforts to enhance the comfort and participation of all members and […] Continue Reading

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