Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774
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Several months ago, Corby Kummer, an editor at The Atlantic, outed himself, Jewishly speaking - at least to me. I'd been reading him for years in the magazine, and had assumed from his name that he was of patrician stock. But in a piece titled "Kosher Conversion," he mentioned that during his childhood, his family had tagged meat-related items with...
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Offbeat musings on arts, culture and Philadelphians
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To Life, to Life — to Rosie! Who knew that Tevye’s Golde could be such a cutie-patootie? The producers of “Fiddler on the Roof” sure did, which may explain why they cast Rosie O’Donnell as the caring kvetch of a wife who is Tevye’s burden to handle in the Broadway revival of “Fiddler,” introducing her to the role Sept. 20...
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The Milk of Human Kindness? For Israel, That Well's Dry as a Bone! Columnist Colbert I. King writes in The Washington Post ( www.washingtonpost.com ) on Aug. 13 that the Presbyterian Church's Mideast stands aren't advancing the cause of peace: "Is the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s endorsement of possible divestment from certain companies doing business in Israel an act of anti-Semitism?...
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Back when I was an unbending left-winger, there was no issue - not even Vietnam or civil rights - that could raise my hackles quicker than the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. A peace activist, I was certain that this was the greatest crime committed against humanity, even greater than the Holocaust or any other genocide. My opinion,...
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Ariel Sharon
"Citizens of Israel, the day has arrived. We are beginning the most difficult and painful step of all - evacuating our communities from the Gaza Strip and Northern Samaria. "This step is very difficult for me personally. It was with a heavy heart that the government of Israel made the decision regarding disengagement, and the Knesset did not lightly approve...
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