Monday, May 30, 2016 Iyyar 22, 5776
By:
Deborah Dash Moore
Reconstructionist Judaism was born in the United States. It makes sense, then, that Reconstructionist rabbis would want to bring democracy and Judaism together. A new exhibit in Elkins Park, opening this week in conjunction with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College's commencement exercises, highlights such efforts. While both Judaism and democracy champion inspiring ideals, Jews and Americans often fail to live up...
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By:
Menachem Z. Rosensaft
A few weeks ago, I outed Patrick Buchanan, the former senior White House official in the Nixon and Reagan administrations, erstwhile candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and now a highly paid political commentator on MSNBC, for sponsoring a Holocaust-denial forum on his Web site. Within hours of this disclosure in a New York Daily News article, the forum in...
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By:
Shai Franklin
Durban II has concluded, and nearly everyone has gone home. Next month, however, brings an event far more significant and substantive than any racism-review document or yet another outrageous speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: The United States will formally join the United Nations Human Rights Council. Unlike the one-shot Durban Review Conference known as Durban II, the Human Rights...
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Is U.S. Move to Join Human Rights Council a Smart One?
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Gregg J. Rickman
On May 12, the United States won election to a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council. The only reason for joining such a morally bereft institution would be the fanciful hope of reforming it. Those with experience dealing with the council suggest differently, offering that we should expect outcomes not much different than that of the old U.N. Human...
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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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