November 22, 2001

Needful Things

Thanksgiving even manages to unite the disparate members of the Jewish tribe. Orthodox or secular, eating soy Tofurkey or kosher birds, we almost all mark the most spiritual of our American holidays.

Stand by Me

\”Rabbi, I\’m feeling off-center, unbalanced.\” \”I\’m depressed.\” \”I\’m anxious; not myself.\” \”There is an incredible amount of negative energy in the air.\” \”I don\’t want to read magazines; they are only filled with news of the war.\” \”I now regularly go online to check the news throughout the day. I feel a need to be aware of what is going on all the time since everything changes so quickly.\”

Many Thanks

Thanks, but no Thanksgiving. That\’s my motto for this year.

Economic Emergency

On top of being in a military state of emergency for over a year, Israel is now in an \”economic state of emergency\” as well, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced last week. He was about the last person in the country to say the words out loud.

Arafat’s New Point Man

It takes a pretty sophisticated politician to stand in front of a roomful of intifada-hardened reporters and announce that he is "politically naive."

The Dangers of a Palestinian State

While the words may not come naturally to his lips, the president of the United States is talking openly these days about the creation of a Palestinian state.

Powell Lays Groundwork

Secretary of State Colin Powell is winning cautious support for a Mideast policy speech that signals reinvigorated American participation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and outlines a vague agenda for returning to peace talks.

Saying Thanks

I say a prayer of thanksgiving first thing every morning.

Your Letters

Rob Eshman\’s editorial (\”Do-It-Yourselfers,\” Nov. 9) was inspiring. There are many important needs to be met in the Jewish community, and it is vital for each and every one of us to support those programs that maintain and strengthen our community.

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