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The View From Here

Something Smells Rotten in Philadelphia

Everybody loves children, or at least they should. And everybody believes in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay, or at least...

Like Oil and Water, Politics and Religion Don’t Mix Well in United States

In the American system of adversarial justice — which you can see any time you want by walking into a courtroom — we rely...

A Nation of Wusses? Not a Chance

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about Ed Rendell’s famous quip that we’ve become a “nation of wusses.” I’ve seen its truth in the tendency...

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....