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As Goes France, So Goes the Rest of Us?

The same day that we in Philadelphia were beginning commemorations of Yom Hashoah, citizens in France, a country with a complicated Holocaust history, closed...

A Long History and a Bright Future

At the risk of stating the obvious, a lot sure has changed in the last 130 years. Not that I have firsthand experience of all...

Valuing Person Over Party

In the midst of the rare chorus lauding President Trump’s decision to order missile strikes on a Syrian air base, it was easy to...

Let the Hungry Eat

This pre-Pesach column is not about refugees. That’s not to say that the work of many faith communities, our own included, on behalf of those...

Hard to Be Right When So Many of Us Were Wrong

Ever since a royal official’s evil plan was turned on its head and led to the salvation of the Jewish people in Persian lands,...

Action Required to Defeat Anti-Semitism

Philadelphia’s Jewish community pulled off a remarkable accomplishment last week, filling the square bounded by the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall and Fifth and...

Plenty of Blame to Go Around

The images could have just as easily come from Europe: tombstone after tombstone, adorned with Stars of David and Hebrew letters, toppled en masse....

Friends’ Central Debate Isn’t Over Free Speech

Freedom of speech. It’s a right so central to our political identity that it was codified in the First Amendment and guaranteed to all...

Stink of Senatorial Tweet Remains

It’s being called the “tweet heard round the world,” a 135-character missive fired off last week by state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-District 17) and...

Looking to the Courts

A distant cousin last weekend returned to the United States, which she visits at least once a year. She lives in Israel, but her...