A few articles that caught my eye:
“It has been almost 20 years since Pat Riley won his fourth NBA championship as a coach. Seventeen years and six months, to be precise.
With Riley suddenly positioned to make one last drive for No. 5, here are five questions and answers about his controversial return to the bench in Miami in place of Stan Van Gundy:”
“Many of us have learned that Conservative Judaism is either a complex ideology (at least we never get a straightforward explanation) or simply a movement that stands in the center between Reform and Orthodoxy. An early classic of Conservative Judaism was titled, â€œTradition and Change,â€ but tradition and change is a paradox, not a banner of belief.
Conservative Judaism is crying out for renewal and revitalization. Some of the most spiritually charged, socially sensitive prayer groups and institutions in the country choose to not affiliate themselves with the Conservative movement. Yet they are led by rabbis ordained by the Conservative movement and attended by congregants who grew up in that movement.
In synagogues that do define themselves as Conservative, the congregants often expect halachic observance from their rabbis, yet they are not moved to emulate them. Conservative Jews are increasingly confused and uncertain about their spiritual direction.
As I posed these problems and questions, some turned the question back to me.
â€œWho are you, and what do you believe?â€
When I reflect upon the beliefs with which I was raised and how I have grown in my faith, I realize that the word â€œConservativeâ€ does not best fit who I am and what I believe.
I am a Covenantal Jew.”
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“The Illinois man is among a few dozen patients enrolling in the first attempts at gene therapy for Parkinson’s, a milestone in the quest to better treat the degenerative brain disease.
It’s a time of mixed excitement and caution: These first three studies are to see if gene therapy is safe to try, not to prove whether it works. Yet studies in monkeys suggest at least one of the approaches has the potential to finally target the underlying disease, not merely tame its symptoms.
“It’s this delicate balance between giving (patients) hope but making it clear to them, and to the world, that this is still highly experimental,” says Dr. William J. Marks Jr. of the University of California, San Francisco, who is leading the most closely watched approach â€” using a nerve growth factor to rescue dying brain cells.
“It’s a gamble,” agrees Dr. Leo Verhagen of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, a co-researcher in the project who treated Castle.
“This is the first trial that, if it works, could slow down the disease’s progression,” he explains.”