Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775
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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Last weekend's gala opening of the National Museum of American Jewish History was a class act, heralding the arrival of a new local treasure that should make all of Philadelphia Jewry proud. Who would have thought that a state-of-the-art museum telling the story of Jewish America would find its place among the most venerated of Philadelphia's historical institutions? In a...
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