Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774
By:
Leslie Hilgeman
Growing up in an interfaith family -- Mom was Jewish and Dad wasn't -- our faiths were often seen from the outside as a source of tension and controversy. Inside the family, we were told that no one was worth any more or less due to the faith in which he or she was raised. But deep inside, I still...
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By:
Douglas Bloomfield
Israelis and Palestinians are about to take a giant step backwards that might help them move toward peace. After more than 16 years of face-to-face negotiations, they are on the verge of reverting to indirect talks through an American mediator. It is a sign of the lack of trust between the adversaries, and their lack of real commitment to what...
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By:
Rabbi Howard Alpert and Edward Newman
Jewish Americans perceive a number of threats at the end of the first decade of the 21st century: Israel's security; the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism in Europe, Latin America and now North America; radical Islam; and the effects of economic conditions on their communities' vitality. These external threats add to the anxiety felt by a Jewish community facing an...
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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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