Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774
By:
Philip A. Cunningham
Pope Benedict XVI just became the second pontiff in history to visit the Great Synagogue of Rome. His predecessor, John Paul II, had delivered a major address there in 1986, in which he stressed the spiritual ties between Judaism and Christianity. His remarks included these oft-quoted words: "The Jewish religion is not 'extrinsic' to us, but in a certain way...
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By:
Steve Masters, Jon Grabelle Herrmann and Elliot Ratzman
The people of Philadelphia have something of a history of standing up for our values and demanding honest representation. What was good enough for Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century should be good enough for us in the 21st. We're told that to be a good ally to Israel, the U.S. government and the American Jewish community must uncritically support...
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By:
Michael Bronstein
JStreet claims to speak for the majority of American Jews. With its baseless criticism of Israel, short-sighted policy prescriptions and the company they keep, how could this possibly be the case? I believe that J Street's public relations have misled the public by marketing the organization as something that it isn't. Many of my friends who were initially attracted to...
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By:
Mike Weilbacher
As the Jewish calendar heads toward Tu B'Shevat, the New Year for the trees, we'd do well to remember that water flows through their lives and ours: We drink, bathe in, cook with and flush some 100 gallons each and every day. Water pours through the Torah, too -- it floats Noah's ark, drowns Pharaoh's army, gushes out of rocks,...
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By:
Betsy R. Sheerr
Millions of lives -- and the future of a tiny nation -- are still in jeopardy. No, we're not talking about Israel, but Haiti -- that small, impoverished island nation. Within hours of a catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti last week, Israel and the United States led the way in rescue and recovery. President Barack Obama spoke movingly: "In times...
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