Saturday, November 22, 2014 Heshvan 29, 5775
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For supporters of Israel, the sense of cognitive dissonance about current events is by now commonplace. This week, Israel is leaving the Gaza Strip 38 years after it conquered the small territory in a defensive war. Those Jewish residents who have not left voluntarily are being forcibly removed. Farms, towns, homes, synagogues and even cemeteries are either being destroyed or...
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Offbeat musings on arts, culture and Philadelphians
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(Wedding) ‘March of the Penguins’ “Goldberg wedding? We’re at the Goldberg wedding?! I thought you said we were going to an Iceberg sighting! (At least, I wore formal.)” Fuhrer Takes One-Two Punch Who says German don'thave a sense of humor? Not the Jews who took home top prizes for "Go for Zucker!" at the German Film Prize conclave. Indeed, the...
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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
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Palestinians Still Play at Democracy Editor in chief of U.S. News & World Report (www. usnews.com) Mortimer B. Zuckerman writes in its Aug. 15 issue that these days, Israel is alone: “Don’t look now, but the Middle East’s old diplomatic game of make-believe is back. The peace process is hopelessly deadlocked, but the key players pretend otherwise, hoping that wishing...
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It’s quite unusual to come across a tribute to a first-rate Philadelphia journalist in a national magazine. Philly is not necessarily known for producing stellar reporters; editors, perhaps, but not daily journalists. But just such a tribute appeared in the June/July issue of the American Journalism Review. Rem Rieder, the magazine’s editor and senior vice president, who is also both...
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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
Everyone who lives in Jerusalem - especially those like me, who were born here - is in love with the city, really in love. For us, it is not just a place, not just a house; it's a home. But it is even more than that: It is an object of love. Even visitors are in some way ensnared by...
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