Sunday, March 29, 2015 Nisan 9, 5775
By:
Julie Schonfeld
Israeli officials faced "coalition challenges" on three fronts in recent weeks: U.S.-Israel relations, the cohesion of the governing coalition and Diaspora-Israel relations. A seismic shift took place that should not be missed. The Diaspora community, which has been too silent on issues of religious freedom when challenges to Israeli security and internal political unity were present, spoke out. The U.S...
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By:
Martin J. Raffel
At the opening session of last week's AIPAC conference, analyst Robert Satloff described U.S.-Israel tensions over Jewish housing in eastern Jerusalem as 5 to 6 on the Richter scale: Not cataclysmic, but enough to cause lasting damage. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in her AIPAC speech, spoke of America's unshakable support for Israel, but reiterated the administration's view...
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For most of my life, when Pesach arrived, I would try, as the Hagaddah instructs, to think of myself as someone who had personally gone out of Egypt -- and fail. My problem wasn't that I was a comfortable, middle-class American Jew rather than the beaten, starving, abject heir of 400 years of enslavement. No, the problem was that I...
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By:
Roger Horowitz
Passover brings Jews together -- across generations, denominations and distances -- as we travel to see parents, children, aunts, uncles and friends at our annual seders. Three-quarters of the Philadelphia-area's Jewish households will participate in a seder next week, according to a 2009 study sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Much of this holiday is about food --...
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By:
Abraham H. Foxman
On some level, it couldn't have been worse. We have a situation where the most trusted member of the U.S. administration -- Vice President Joe Biden -- is in Israel, seeking to win over the hearts and minds of the Israeli public, which, according to the polls, is highly suspicious of the Barack Obama government. In his opening public remarks,...
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