Thursday, November 27, 2014 Kislev 5, 5775
A new survey of American Jews prompted much buzz this week, much of it focused on the level of support for President Barack Obama's re-election (62 percent). But more important in the long run are the findings in the Public Religion Research Institute survey about what drives Jewish identity and behavior. The most popular quality cited was "a commitment to...
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Talk about mass emigration. The Exodus, the story of our ancestors' departure from Egypt that we will recount next week at our seders, is the most dramatic of flight stories. Yet it represents only the beginning of our journey as a people on the move, a people who, throughout much of our history, were forced to flee oppression, degradation and...
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If you haven't taken a good hard look at the sweet, innocent faces of the Jewish children struck down in cold blood in France this week, you should. The horror of such young ones starting off their school day like any other and ending up the victims of a calculating murderer is too great to bear. But that is what...
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With all the crises facing the world, it’s easy to forget about what’s going on in Harrisburg. But with several issues on the table that could adversely affect our community and beyond — not to mention an impending budget battle — we need to pay attention to our state capital. One measure in particular — the Corbett administration’s decision to...
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One of the major strengths of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee has always been its ability to cross political lines and demand that Israel remain a bipartisan issue. The same must hold true when it comes to the matter of Iran. With so much at stake, it does no one good -- least of all Israel, but also the...
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