Thursday, October 2, 2014 Tishri 8, 5775
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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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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