Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774
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Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
"Sholem Aleichem!" I call out. "Aleichem Sholem!" they shout back in unison. I'm still self-conscious standing up here by the blackboard. What are my credentials for running a Yiddish class? I may have a decent accent, but what about my grammar? My vocabulary beyond a third-grade reading level? When officials from the local Jewish community center approached me, they made...
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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
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Same Old Sad News From the U.N. -- Solidarity With Those Who Laud Suicide Scholar Anne Bayefsky writes in the National Review ( www.nationalreview.com ) on Dec. 5 about the United Nation's latest Israel-bashing fest: "Hate-mongers at the United Nations outdid themselves again at the annual U.N. Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, held every Nov. 29. This year...
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Kindling an Idea
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Jeff Bezos, of Amazon fame, recently unveiled his effort at cornering the e-book market; this time out it's called the Kindle. Its nationwide presentation was executed with lots of pomp and circumstance, even while, almost simultaneously, there was talk of a decline in reading, especially among the young, who more than likely comprise the device's target audience. But none of...
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By:
Calev Ben-David
Jerusalem's Jewish population has reportedly declined over the past half-century, with some 300,000 Jewish residents leaving, in contrast to slightly more than 100,000 who have arrived. But that's if you only count the living. Many of these are newcomers to the city -- Diaspora Jews who lived their long lives abroad, but have chosen to follow a long-standing Jewish custom...
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Jeff Ballabon
The justification for the modern State of Israel is Jewish history -- both glorious and grim -- and there has long been a compact between the Jews in Israel and the Diaspora. Israeli Jews were on the front lines, and Diaspora Jewry was a vital source of economic and political strength. The Jews of Israel bore the lion's share of...
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