Saturday, August 29, 2015 Elul 14, 5775
By:
Robert I. Evans and Avrum D. Lapin
American donors recognize the unique relationship between the United States and Israel, yet changes are quietly taking place in the philanthropic arena that suggest a downturn in support.
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By:
Leonard Barrack
With the High Holidays behind us, it is my hope that we can, as a community, commit to tackling the difficult challenges that persist in the local and international Jewish world. As president of our Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish and frustrated by how much more needs to be...
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By:
David Ellenson
Political sovereignty in the restored Jewish homeland often means making decisions with life-and-death implications. That reality has been brought home with the agonizing decision to authorize the terribly imbalanced swap to gain the release of Gilad Shalit. The criticisms and concerns lodged by many supporters of Israel within and beyond its borders against the Netanyahu government for exchanging more than...
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By:
Yossi Klein Halevi
For the last five years, I have tried not to think of Gilad Shalit. I avoided the photographs of his first months as an Israel Defense Forces draftee, a boy playing soldier in an ill-fitting uniform. Sometimes, despite myself, I'd imagine him in a Gaza cellar, bound, wired with explosives to thwart a rescue attempt. And then I would force...
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By:
Jack Wertheime
In the middle decades of the 20th century, they were called "mushroom synagogues." They popped up in the waning days of summer to provide High Holiday services, then disappeared at the conclusion of Yom Kippur. Today, "mushroom synagogues" are again in vogue -- but with a critical difference. Where once they were organized mainly by entrepreneurs who saw an opportunity...
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