Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775

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Like a great many Philadelphians, Michael J. Masch never paid much attention to politics in the state capital. The former city budget director under Mayor Ed Rendell said that the intrigue in Philadelphia and in Washington, D.C., always took up his political attention. But since 2003, Masch has had plenty of reason to pay attention to Harrisburg; for the past...
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The Reform movement is no longer the only denomination calling for an end to the war in Iraq. The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association just passed a resolution that goes one step further than the one adopted earlier this month by the Union for Reform Judaism by opposing a preemptive American strike against Iran. At its annual conference -- held last week...
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Exactly nine weeks before the Democratic primary, the five major candidates in what still appears to be a wide-open race for mayor, met as part of a March 6 forum at the Union League sponsored by the American Jewish Committee. The contestants largely avoided swipes at each other, consistent with the lack of proverbial blows thrown at similar forums. Instead,...
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While some argue that Hamas' political, terroristic and charitable arms are separate entities, one Mideast expert suggests that the lines are more than blurred. Matthew Levitt, former deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, said "distinguishing between wings of Hamas is a myth." Speaking to about 40 people at the Center City office...
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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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