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President Obama Speaks to Our Best Traditions

  “To be good Americans, we must be better Jews.” When Justice Louis Brandeis spoke these words, he sought to inspire our nation’s Jewish community...
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President Has Values and a Vision

  Jewish voters know the scene well. Politicians show up at our synagogues, community events and Jewish homes for the aging — all talking up...
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Don’t Risk Israel’s Security

  “Americans who support Israel should take the president at his word,” wrote Haim Saban recently in The New York Times, claiming President Barack Obama...

A World of Difference

I am concerned, very concerned, that we are turning away from the most important words of the Torah. Rabbi Akiba is quoted in the...
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It’s a New Year; Let’s Embark on a Real Day School Initiative

  The Philadelphia Jewish community is blessed with enough resources to make Jewish day school education attainable for all who want it, regardless of geography,...

Judaism Has Not Only Tolerated Blasphemy; It Has Found a Place for It

  There is much discussion currently about imposing limits on blasphemy. It seems clear that the vast majority of those in the West oppose it...

Practicing Mussar Is Like Experiencing Days of Awe 24/7

  For many years, I’ve heard from my Jewish friends and colleagues that Judaism just isn’t the spiritual practice they seem to be longing for...
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On 25th Anniversary of the Soviet Jewry March, Learning from the Past

The greatest success story in recent Jewish history has become one of the world's best-kept secrets in under a generation. On Dec. 6, 1987, when...

A Question With Resonance: ‘Do You Want to Start a Holy Jihad?’

“Do you want to start a Holy Jihad?” That blunt question, posed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to startled American Jewish leaders...
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After Atoning, Will It Just Be Back to Business As Usual?

The last wail of the shofar has been sounded. Our prayers for a heal­thy and good year ahead have been delivered. And those...