Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775

Can a nation replete with Israeli hearts also relearn the art of fostering a Jewish soul?
By:
Michael Oren
I will never forget my first day in Israel, when a group of teenagers pointed at my tallit and laughed. It was the summer of 1970, and at age 15, I had realized my dream of volunteering on a kibbutz. Raised in an American home in which Conservative Judaism melded effortlessly with moderate Zionism, I never suspected that some Israelis...
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Context on Carter's New 'Friends' Still Missing
By:
John R. Cohn, M.D.
While Jews around the world were preparing for Passover last month -- a holiday that commemorates the liberation of the children of Israel from Egyptian slavery, and their 3,000-plus-year connection to the Land of Israel -- former President Jimmy Carter was meeting with leaders of Hamas. Article 11 of the Hamas charter declares, "The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the...
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By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
One night, while working his beat in a rough section of Kensington, Philadelphia police officer Jeff Rabinovitch was assaulted by a woman who was drunk. He instinctively grabbed her arm, twisted his body and brought her to the ground. It wasn't too hard, he said, considering that he'd practiced the move just the night before -- in Krav Maga class...
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A few hundred people gathered in Philadelphia's Love Park on an overcast and soggy afternoon last week to show their solidarity with Israel, especially in the wake of stepped-up rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip and, most recently, the killing of eight yeshiva students in Jerusalem. Before the speakers even took to the podium, a number of people, many of...
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By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Israel is currently fighting "two wars" -- an ongoing struggle against enemies like Hamas, Hezbollah and other terrorists, along with a battle for public opinion that is played out worldwide in newspapers and on television, said a leader of an Israeli media-advocacy group. "If we lose public support in the United States or Europe, Israel would be in serious trouble,"...
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