Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774
By:
Jacob Schuman
As we approach the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, Americans should take the opportunity to learn not only the familiar lessons about economic and racial injustice, but also to embrace the responsibilities these lessons oblige. New Orleans nourishes a vibrant African-American culture and a flourishing Jewish community. More fundamentally, our communities' shared sufferings demand our special commitment...
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By:
Gilad Kariv
The promoters of Israel's new bill for civil marriage for those without religion are calling it a historical legal breakthrough, but actually it's nothing but political trickery. According to the proposed legislation, couples that do not belong to any of the recognized religions in Israel would be able to register in a civil union and enjoy the same rights one...
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By:
Lori Lowenthal Marcus
There's a particularly chilling scene in the movie "The Pianist," starring Adrien Brody. It comes at a critical moment when the train's already chugging along on the path to insanity and destruction, but before all was destroyed. In it, the family of the protagonist has been forced into the Warsaw ghetto. The head of the family is sitting at a...
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By:
Kenneth H. Ryesky
On Aug. 11, 2004, while leading a continuing legal education seminar sponsored by Gratz College, I predicted that charities and other tax-exempt organizations could expect more stringent oversight by the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Congress, and that such official attention would come to affect Jewish communal life. Unmistakable signals of a coming crackdown had been apparent in the...
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Allyson Schwartz
The facts are clear on why health reform is such a focal point of Congress' agenda. Almost 50 million Americans are without coverage. Millions more worry about the stability of their coverage -- that in the case of an accident or illness, their insurance may not cover critical needs. Since 2000, Pennsylvania families have seen a 100 percent increase in...
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