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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Rabbi Lord builds bridges among faiths worldwide

By Mark A. Kellner




Meet the Orthodox rabbi who defies sterotypes


JewishWorldReview.com | Most clergy can be expected to help heal rifts within their own congregations, perhaps even their own denominations. Rarely is a minister called upon to transcend the boundaries of his own faith to help a totally different religion's leaders find common ground.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 66, found himself in exactly that position six years ago when the worldwide Anglican Church was fracturing over the ordination of a gay bishop in the United States.

Rabbi Sacks addressed an assembly of hundreds of Anglican bishops in a speech credited with helping mend divisions in the church. Then-Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said Rabbi Sacks' words were "undoubtedly one of the most significant addresses" of that session.

Indeed, Rabbi Sacks has forged alliances with clergy of many faiths in Britain, including Hindu and Muslim leaders, cooperation seen as especially valuable after the July 7, 2005, terrorist bombings in central London.

"If you're going to fight for the liberty of one religion, you have to fight for the liberty of all. You can't be a sectional advocate," Rabbi Sacks said in a telephone interview from London. "You have to be willing to stand alongside other faiths (even) when your own liberties are under attack."

His interfaith work and his passion for religious freedom were recognized Thursday by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty with its 2014 Canterbury Medal, an annual prize recognizing "an individual who has 'most resolutely refused to render to Caesar that which is God’s,’ ” the group said.

Becket Fund President William Mumma said in a statement that the emeritus chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth "has been a clear and compelling voice for religious liberty. Supporters of religious liberty from all faiths and from all parts of the globe are grateful for his leadership."

HELPS CALM WATERS

Rabbi Sacks may have seemed an unlikely person to help calm Anglicanism's troubled waters. But it turned out that, in the summer of 2008, he was just the man for the task.

The global Anglican Church — known in Britain as the Church of England, with its U.S. branch being the Episcopal Church — was divided over the American group's 2003 ordination of the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, a homosexual then living with another man, as bishop.


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The contentious debate over the ordination reached its zenith that year at the Lambeth Conference, the decennial assembly of 650 Anglican bishops from 185 countries representing 85 million members.

But in the middle of this near-chaos, Rabbi Sacks was called to the gathering to speak about covenant, and how that concept was applied in Judaism, words that resonated with the Lambeth congregation.

"(A) covenant is a way of holding together two or many millions of individuals who may be very different indeed, but who come together to achieve together that which they could not achieve alone," Rabbi Sacks explained. "And (a) covenant respects the difference, and integrity of that difference, of the different parties to that covenant. … So I think that perspective from an outsider helped people."

Archbishop Williams, in an email, said the talk "did a great deal to give a common language to a very diverse group of Christian leaders."

THOUGHT LEADER

Rabbi Sacks was born in London in March 1948, two months before pioneering Zionist leader David Ben Gurion proclaimed the establishment of the state of Israel. He studied philosophy at Cambridge's Gonville & Caius College, continuing at New College, Oxford and King's College London. In 1981, the year of his doctorate from King's College, Rabbi Sacks was ordained from Jew's College and the Etz Chaim Yeshiva in London. The rabbi has been married to his wife, Elaine, since 1970, and they have three grown children and seven grandchildren.

After leading London's Golders Green synagogue for four years, Rabbi Sacks led the congregation at the Marble Arch synagogue, as well as serving as principal of what is now the London School of Jewish Studies, the former Jew's College from which he received his ordination. Sacks began his 22-year tenure as chief rabbi in 1991, retiring last September.

Rabbi Sacks was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005 and recommended for a non-hereditary life peerage, taking his seat in the House of Lords in October 2009 as Baron Sacks of Aldgate in the city of London.

As chief rabbi, his communications outreach — publishing one book per year and appearing in numerous media outlets — grew his national and global reputations. In Britain, he was regarded as a thought leader who elevated the Jewish community's standing, Archbishop Williams said.

Prince Charles, heir to the throne, agrees. At a dinner noting the end of Rabbi Sacks' tenure as chief rabbi, the Prince of Wales lauded the honors given the clergyman as "a testament to your role as a brilliant ambassador for Jewish values and ethics … the scope and depth of a life devoted not only to putting the British Jewish community on the world stage, but to keeping alive the essential importance of faith in an increasingly God-less age."

Looking back on his chief rabbinate, Rabbi Sacks said Britain's "Jewish community is stronger than it's ever been," noting there are "more children in Jewish day schools than ever (before). According to a survey published just a few months ago, in the Jewish community, on every index of religiosity, the younger you are, the more religious you are, and that's across the community."

Rabbi Sacks credited this, in part, to the relatively small size of Britain's Jewish population, approximately 263,000 people, just 1/20th of America's 5.3 million Jews.

And while Jews were at one time the most conspicuous non-Christian minority in Britain, Rabbi Sacks said, "there are now 40 to 60 different ethnic groups represented in any given public (state-run) school in the country. Therefore, it's important for leaders to band together and defend religious freedom across the board."

EUROPEAN ISSUES REMAIN

Those interfaith sentiments, and a defense of everyone's religious freedom, stood the nation in good stead, Rabbi Sacks noted.

After the July 7, 2005, terrorist bombings in central London, the government had "a fear of major conflagrations," he said, "but there were none of any kind." Thanks to the interfaith work he'd engaged in with other faith leaders, he said, "all sorts of moments that could have been dangerous were defused."

Yet issues remain in Europe, the rabbi allowed, citing recent controversies in the Netherlands and Denmark over religiously approved methods of slaughtering meat and circumcision. (The Anti-Defamation League, in a survey released May 13, found 74 million people in Europe expressing anti-Semitic beliefs.)

One key is for Europe's thinkers — its professors, philosophers and authors — to deal with the causes of anti-Jewish thinking and, in the 1930s and 1940s, anti-Jewish genocide. Rabbi Sacks suggested that, somehow, the enlightenment's advances veered sharply off course.

"We're touching on some very profound, deep issues here," he said. "Precisely that post-enlightenment Europe gave rise to the worst form of anti-Semitism the world has ever known. Its epicenters were not in little villages in Poland, but in Paris, Vienna, and Berlin."

The rabbi said today's enlightenment-influenced scholars have not "wrestled" with the question of how "all of its leading thinkers, from (French Enlightenment writer) Voltaire to (philosopher and Nazi Party member) Martin Heidegger," expressed anti-Semitism, unlike "the Catholic Church (which) has really wrestled with its past."

The cleric praised the United States for its fundamental focus on religious freedom for its citizens: "Americans more than anyone else on earth understood that religious liberty was a religious achievement as well as a political one," he noted. "America is the only country on earth founded by people in search of religious liberty."

Asked what message he'd give Americans about religious liberty, Rabbi Sacks initially demurred: "America told the world about religious freedom," he replied. But on reflection, he said the American experiment not only has a lesson for other nations, but also a warning for its own citizens.

Rabbi Sacks said Thomas Jefferson's statement in the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights" didn't arise "from Plato and Aristotle. Whether he was theist or a deist, Jefferson could not have made that sentence without the entire history of the Judeo-Christian tradition."

However, he added, "If religious freedom in America is threatened, America will be severing the roots of its very own tree of liberty."

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