Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774
By:
Rabbi Joshua Elkin
Matthew Maryles, a veteran board leader of a prominent Jewish day school in the New York area, once said that such an education is so fundamentally important to the community's future that its funding must be seen as a multi-generational responsibility. Luckily, large-scale investment in Jewish day schools is not a new thing for Philadelphia. In addition to ongoing support...
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By:
Philip A. Cunningham and Rabbi Ruth Langer
The ranges of Jewish and Catholic reactions to Pope Benedict XVI's journey to Jordan and Israel reveal more about the dynamics of interfaith discourse than about the trip itself. The pope's trip, in its symbolic opportunities, largely duplicated that of John Paul II in 2000, creating obvious points of comparison. Because of differences between these two men's biographies and personalities,...
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By:
Daniella Wexler
When I returned to campus from last week's AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., my friend Elliott's mother was in town. Elliott is a religious Protestant, and because I am traditional Jew, our friendship is a bit unconventional. One night, we all sat down for dinner, and before I unfolded my napkin, the topic of religion had been broached. Elliott's...
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By:
Paul Golin
Did you ever get a free sample of an energy drink or skin cream that you previously never tried, and now purchase regularly? How about signing up for a free trial -- "cancel any time with no obligation!" -- only to enjoy the magazine or gym-club membership so much that you now renew the subscription annually without thinking twice? Conversely,...
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By:
Morton A. Klein
Next week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet in Washington with President Barack Obama. Israel and the United States remain far apart on many issues. Obama wants Israel to agree to establishing a Palestinian state, retreating to the indefensible 1967 borders. Israel doesn't accept this, and the Arabs have said that no compromise will be considered. Israel wants the...
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