Saturday, May 28, 2016 Iyyar 20, 5776
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:
Sally Friedman
I was recently standing with my husband in the vast lobby of the Borgata, presumably Atlantic City's eighth wonder of the world. The place was opulent, naughty and dizzying, sometimes all at once. But I was remembering another Atlantic City, the one so familiar to legions of Jewish Philadelphians, the one my grandmother called "Tlontic City." There were no glittering...
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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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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:
David E. Edman
Americans have access to the best health care in the world, but our system of insurance is broken, leading to unacceptably high health care costs, wasteful spending and a lack of access or insurance for some. Experts agree that approximately 30 percent of the $2.5 trillion dollars of our annual health care expenses are wasted on unnecessary, inappropriate and poor...
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