Thursday, October 2, 2014 Tishri 8, 5775
By:
Menachem Z. Rosensaft
The recent revelation that U.S. government officials gave aid and comfort to some Nazi war criminals and collaborators for several decades is as shocking as Claude Rains' discovery in "Casablanca" that gambling was going on in Rick's Cafe. It has long been known, for example, that Klaus Barbie -- who headed the Gestapo in Lyon, France, from 1942 until 1944,...
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By:
Rabbi Isabel de Koninck
Opening a Community Conversation Does the future of Judaism reside in the synagogue or beyond? Does the fact that you were raised an Orthodox, Conservative or Reform Jew influence which community you join or identify with? How much do traditional labels matter in today's search for Jewish connections? Post-denominationalism, the notion that Jewish life no longer breaks neatly along the...
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By:
Philip Rosen
Had the Arab League accepted the U.N. resolution on Palestine partition adopted on Nov. 29, 1947, they would be enjoying a state now for 63 years. The proposal was adopted despite what seemed overwhelming opposition from the United States bloc and the Soviet Union bloc. It called for a Jewish state and Arab state side by side with strong economic...
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Is It Really Against Our Interests to Stay True to the Democrats?
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Burt Siegel
The "debate" over the number of Jews who voted for either U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak or Sen.-elect Pat Toomey in the recent Pennsylvania Senate race is just the latest in the annual attempt by the Republican Jewish Coalition to convince its donors that contributing to that organization is money well-spent. In each election cycle, they use polling techniques that are...
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What Midterm Voting Patterns Say About Us
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Bob Guzzardi and Bob Sklaroff
Depending on the poll you scrutinize, only 23 percent to 31 percent of Jewish voters voted for Sen.-elect Pat Toomey. This is an oddity, given that his policies emanate from our Torah and talmudic principles -- that every individual life is a life worth living, sacred to the Sovereign of the universe, recognizing principles of individual freedom and free will,...
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