Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775
A little bit of good news is not a bad thing once in a while, and the revelation that a growing number of college students are opting to stay in Philadelphia post-graduation is good news indeed. Beyond the obvious benefits to the region as a whole, the trend portends a vital boost for our Jewish community -- if we handle...
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It's been more than 2,000 years since the Maccabees rose up against their oppressors to reclaim our Jewish future, but the central challenge that faced our ancestors in the Chanukah story persists until today: How do we maintain a strong Jewish faith and identity amid a sea of "otherness"? One difference, of course, is that we live in a country...
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The flames that consumed us this Chanukah have all burned out. Yet even as we try to hang on to the warmth of the holiday, our spirit is dampened knowing that Israel is left picking up the charred remains of the wildfires that cut a fierce path of destruction in the north of the country. Amid the despair, Israeli society...
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If it weren't so malicious, it might actually be amusing -- using hummus to make a political point. Who knew that chickpeas could be a potent weapon? But the effort behind the apparently unsuccessful drive to take Sabra and Tribe hummus -- along with other Israeli products -- off market shelves is misguided at best, and insidious at worst. And...
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Even as we usher in a joyous holiday period, this year's juxtaposition of Thanksgiving and Chanukah reminds us of the many tensions we live with as American Jews. Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday, celebrating the freedom and pluralism of our nation, the very attributes that have enabled us to thrive. Like the early pilgrims, Jews arrived on the shores...
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