Feldman: Americans of all sexual orientations should be allowed the rights, privileges, joys and responsibilities of marriage.
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I recently ended a three-week trip to the United States and returned home to Israel. This was a particularly emotional trip, as I was in Boston the day of Marathon. I saw firsthand how resilient the people of Boston are in a crisis.
Pelavin: As we welcome the Jewish New Year, we are hopeful that this decision marks the beginning of a year where we will see dreams of equality and acceptance realized throughout our nation.
Gov. Paterson's announcement is a significant and welcome recognition of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals' right to share in the personal and legal privileges of civil marriage afforded heterosexual Americans.
This week brings us Yom Y'rushalayim (May 8 / 28 Iyar), one of several Jewish holidays commemorating events of war in the modern State of Israel. This one recalls Israel's "recovery" of the Old City of Jerusalem during the Six Day War in 1967.
The sign read, "We've got to stop it," and under it a woman sat alone at a table in the grocery store parking lot. The sign also contained the words "domestic violence," so I walked over. She greeted me warmly, "I'm trying to put a face to it. To say it could happen to anyone.
Pelavin & Henkin: "As we teach our children, all individuals are created b'tselem elohim, in the image of the Divine; today's ruling reflects that concept of inherent equality."