Monday, February 8, 2016 Shevat 29, 5776
The time is long past due for Jonathan Pollard to be released from prison. The former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst has more than paid the price for his crime of spying for the State of Israel. The Jewish community, once divided over his cause, now calls out in a unified plea for clemency: Enough is enough. "We join President Shimon...
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This week, we embark on our annual springtime emotional roller coaster, commemorating watershed chapters in Jewish history that continue to define so much of our collective memory and identity. We move in rapid succession from April 19, when we mark Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, to April 25, when we remember Israel's fallen soldiers on Yom Hazikaron, which turns into...
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Long before April 15 became synonymous with "tax day" (1955) and the sinking of the Titanic (1912), the date heralded a more welcome arrival: the birth of the Jewish Exponent. On April 15, 1887, the premier issue of the Exponent rolled off the presses. Each week since then, our publication has woven its way into the fabric of our community,...
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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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