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Opinion

Editorials from the Jewish Exponent, columns, blogs and a forum for kvetching n' kvelling.

The Right to a Rite

 This week's report from the American Academy of Pediatrics concluding that health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks is a welcome intervention in what...

Birthright’s Triumphs and Flaws

After going on a Taglit-Birthright trip with 40 students from Johns Hopkins University last year, I traveled earlier this summer with 12 other student...

Where Students Stand Now on Israel Has Deep Implications for the Future

The American Jewish community is rightly concerned about Israel's position among college students, especially among those who identify as Jews. Community leaders reason that...

Enriching Jewish Life

Any endeavor that promises a richer Jewish education for our youth is a good thing, which is why several developments on the local scene...

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...

Iran: A Bipartisan Issue

One of the major strengths of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee has always been its ability to cross political lines and demand that...

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,...