Thursday, January 29, 2015 Shevat 9, 5775
By:
Joseph Smukler
I sit here at my desk staring at the photograph of our eldest granddaughter, Shoval. She is wearing army fatigues, canteen dangling at her side, standing on a sandy dune, smiling under azure blue skies, with a Star of David on her military cap. How did all of this happen? She was born, reared and schooled in the United States...
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By:
Shelly Barnathan
This week, the world Jewish community lost a woman whose talents touched deep and tender places in our souls. That woman was the legendary singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman. Debbie, in her sweet and strong voice, sang with our voice. Her melodies and words calmed us, inspired us and healed us. It was one of Debbie's early albums, "And You Shall Be...
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Rabbi Andrew M. Sacks
I was raised in the Wynnefield neighborhood of Philadelphia. As a child, I recall that very few neighbors were not Jewish. There were at least six synagogues, a day school, a Jewish War Veterans Post, a folk shul and many stores that catered to the overwhelmingly Jewish population. In 1964, ours was the first family on our block to sell...
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By:
Abraham H. Foxman
What led me to write Jews and Money: The Story of a Stereotype was the cumulative effect of a host of recent anti-Semitic statements focusing on money matters. A number of these comments made a deep impression on me. One was the claim that Lehman Brothers, immediately before its collapse, transferred $400 billion to Israeli banks. It reminded me of...
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By:
Douglas Bloomfield
Israel can expect a whole lot of lovin' from the incoming GOP-led House of Representatives, but will it get the big bucks it wants and expects as well? The budget hawks elected in November take office in less than two weeks with a mandate to slash federal spending, and aid to Israel may not escape their claws. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen...
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