Friday, November 21, 2014 Heshvan 28, 5775
By:
Marina Furman
My family and I weren't in Philadelphia when Joe Smukler died last month. We were in Russia. To be more exact, we were at the cemetery in St. Petersburg at the grave of my mother-in-law where my husband, Lev, had the chance to say Kaddish where his mother is buried for the first time in 11 years. We saw many...
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Edgar M. Bronfman
Throughout a half-century of diplomatic work, I have learned to tell the politicians from the friends and the charlatans from the statesmen. Charlatans scream. They tell you what you want to hear and call other people names. Friends and leaders need not rely on rhetoric or boisterous bravado. They produce results and act on principle. President Barack Obama is such...
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By:
Norm Coleman
It has become a ritual of American politics for presidential candidates to pay a visit to Israel during the campaign season, but Mitt Romney's trip to Jerusalem over the weekend is not his first mission to the Jewish state -- it's his fourth -- and it won't be his last. I've known Mitt Romney for a long time, and know...
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By:
Rabbi Yonah Gross
Tisha B'Av, the 9th day of the month of Av, will be observed beginning Saturday night, July 28. The day is synonymous with great disasters in Jewish history, especially when both the first and second Temples were destroyed. After the time of the Mishnah, many other calamities coincided with this day, including the Jewish expulsion from Spain in 1492, the...
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By:
Sari Revkin
Starvation does not exist in Israel. Nevertheless, almost one-fifth of the population is hungry, and this statistic is even more disturbing in light of the fact that the Israeli government in recent years has done everything in its power to avoid taking responsibility for the food security of its citizens. A hopeful sign, though, is the recently announced plan by...
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