Monday, August 31, 2015 Elul 16, 5775
How Israel treats its 1 million-plus Arab citizens will ultimately prove the most significant measure of whether the state truly embodies Jewish values, according to an American-born Reform rabbi who made aliyah back in 1990, and now runs a foundation devoted to bridging the divide between Jews and Arabs. "If Israel isn't a just state, then it won't survive," argued...
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State Rep. Josh Shapiro (D-153) is set to introduce a bill -- one that appears to be garnering broad bipartisan support -- that calls on three state agencies to divest from companies that do business with any of the five nations labeled by the U.S. State Department as sponsors of terrorism: Iran, Sudan, Syria, North Korea and Cuba. The push...
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Ryan Teitman
Just weeks before the start of Passover, Jews from the Conservative movement got a vivid reminder of their ancestors' many trials and tribulations as they perused a number of ancient treasures -- among them royal diadems and golden statuettes -- culled from an empire that had kept the Jewish people in bondage. On Sunday at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia,...
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Officials at Gratz College hoped that screening a film about a teen girl's struggle to reconcile her homosexuality with Judaism, while also challenging her high school to become a more welcoming place, might prompt some discussion and send a message that the Melrose Park campus is an open environment for Jews of diverse backgrounds. Five years ago, Shulamit Izen --...
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Ryan Teitman
"Hezbollah is absolutely brilliant," Alan Dershowitz said to a packed auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania. "Israel has never faced a more clever enemy." The famed lawyer, Harvard professor and author of more than 25 books also noted that Hezbollah won the public-relations battles during this summer's war in Lebanon, even if it lost the conflict militarily. For instance, Israel's...
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