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Days of Atonement and Empathy | A Guest Post

Ezra is a friend of mine and I think the point he makes in this essay is important and very relevant to many of the discussions and issues that we discuss on this blog and my Facebook page. – ef A Guest Post by Ezra Butler Growing up Orthodox, I was always instructed that Rosh Hashana is a time for self-introspection, unlike the secular New…

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I Have Never Seen the Video of the Planes Crashing Into the Twin Towers

That’s right. I haven’t seen the video of the planes crashing into the towers. Nor have I seen the video of desperate people in the towers jumping out their windows. I don’t believe I have seen the video of the towers crashing down either. On 9/11/01 I was in yeshiva. (See: 9/11 Reflections) I had no access to TV or the Internet. My entire perception of…

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My Favorite Post 9|11 Photo

This photo has been sitting on my desktop since 9|11 2010. I had been saving it for today. I love this photo. To me, it exemplifies the perfect and most appropriate reaction to tragedy. In place of the Twin Towers destroyed by evil, are two beams of light soaring high into the night. The physical towers are gone. But their light, their non-physical presence lives…

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Personalizing 9|11

There are seemingly infinite ways to commemorate 9|11. I plan several posts over the weekend to express my feelings, memories and hope for this important day in American history. The first of these posts illustrates to me that 9|11 really has two components. The national component and the personal. On a national level we were thrust into mourning and war. It is a war that…

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Controversial Ads Against Cordoba Center Are Ironic

The MTA has approved a pretty powerful anti-Cordoba Center ad. Here is the ad: I find the ad obscene. It is provocative, misleading and presumptuous all in one. However, as much as the ICC has a right to exist, this ad has a right to exist as well. The same laws that protect the ICC, protect this obscene ad. (Note: If the ad was so…

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The Mosque at Ground Zero Has A Marketing Problem

This post has been cross-posted to DovBear: Islamaphobia and Cordoba House It seems that the Cordoba House in downtown Manhattan has cleared a major hurdle by winning a 9-0 vote of the Landmarks Conservation Commission. (NY Times link) Conservatives and liberals seem to be at loggerheads on this particular issue. Sarah Palin made headlines with her plea that the center be blocked and fellow right…

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9/11 Reflections

It has been eight years since that fateful day. 9/11/01 Much has changed in the world since then and much has changed in my life. I got married. I have two sons. I am a Rabbi. I am a Law Student. I am a blogger. For me, 9/11 was a signpost along the way. My last few months of bachelorhood were marked by the aftermath…

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