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The Art of Being Jewish in the City

 Wait for a sunny day in Philadelphia and take a walk up North Broad Street. Start at City Hall and point yourself north, toward...
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A New Look at the Purim Story

Clearly the story of Purim ends well -- at least for the Jewish people. Near the end of the Megillah, Esther saves herself and...

Reform Judaism Has an Obligation to Change

 Today's Reform movement is built on the shoulders of our 19th century Reform forebearers who took Jewish tradition in an entirely new direction, re-envisioning...
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Odds Are, You Won’t Have to Look Far

 I'm not good at transitions. Never have been. I cried my first week at Ramah overnight camp, moped around after returning from my high...
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The Rise of Islamist Movements Casts Dark Shadow Over Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood did not initiate the current upheavals in the Middle East, but the Islamist parties in Egypt, as in Tunisia and Libya,...

Iran Must Be Pressed on Human Rights Abuses, Too

In recent weeks, developments in the Middle East and an alarming report of the International Atomic Energy Agency concentrated the world's attention on Iran's...

Romney’s Much More Than Just a Fair-Weather Friend of Jewish State

It has become a ritual of American politics for presidential candidates to pay a visit to Israel during the campaign season, but Mitt Romney's...

The President Has Done a Great Deal to Help Make Israel a Safer Place

Throughout a half-century of diplomatic work, I have learned to tell the politicians from the friends and the charlatans from the statesmen. Charlatans scream....

Food Security in Israel: Government Has the Responsibility

Starvation does not exist in Israel. Nevertheless, almost one-fifth of the population is hungry, and this statistic is even more disturbing in light of...

Austria Grapples With Its Very Troubled Past in Conflicted Way

 The recent toppling of 43 gravestones of Jews in Vienna's Central Cemetery suggests that anti-Semitism is alive and well in Austria, but this doesn't...