Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775
By:
Marc Erlbaum
I was fortunate to be one of 50 participants invited to a two-day retreat last month called "The Conversation." Sponsored by The Jewish Week , a New York weekly, the annual program is an opportunity for a diverse group of Jews from across the country to come together to discuss Jewish issues. There is no agenda other than communication and...
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By:
Leonard Barrack
With the High Holidays behind us, it is my hope that we can, as a community, commit to tackling the difficult challenges that persist in the local and international Jewish world. As president of our Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish and frustrated by how much more needs to be...
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By:
David Ellenson
Political sovereignty in the restored Jewish homeland often means making decisions with life-and-death implications. That reality has been brought home with the agonizing decision to authorize the terribly imbalanced swap to gain the release of Gilad Shalit. The criticisms and concerns lodged by many supporters of Israel within and beyond its borders against the Netanyahu government for exchanging more than...
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By:
Yossi Klein Halevi
For the last five years, I have tried not to think of Gilad Shalit. I avoided the photographs of his first months as an Israel Defense Forces draftee, a boy playing soldier in an ill-fitting uniform. Sometimes, despite myself, I'd imagine him in a Gaza cellar, bound, wired with explosives to thwart a rescue attempt. And then I would force...
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By:
Rabbi Shmuel Jablon
Bad news spreads quickly. Even though it happened on Erev Yom Kippur, the holiest night of the year, word spread rapidly that the Philadelphia Phillies, the overwhelming favorite to win the World Series, had failed to advance past the Divisional Series.
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