Dialogue: Visiting the Void by Kate Yanina DeConinck Many recovery workers periodically return to Ground Zero as a way of reconnecting with the values they experienced there. Dying Well by Tamara Mann We need to find better words and metaphors to cope with the reality of death. Nurturing Jewish Philanthropy by Robert Israel Recent financial scandals should redirect us to time-honored Jewish practices of philanthropy Jews, Evangelicals: Analyzing the Vote by Mark I. Pinsky Any hoped-for “Jewish–evangelical alliance” in the 2012 election proved elusive. Risky Invocations? by Anthony J. Minna State-sanctioned religious beliefs and activities will only bring conflict in a religiously diverse United States.
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