Saturday, January 31, 2015 Shevat 11, 5775
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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It would be easy to let the ongoing angst we're experiencing these days paralyze our lives. Mail-bomb packages addressed to Jewish institutions. Unprecedented efforts around the globe to delegitimize Israel. Political campaigns that stoke fear instead of addressing the critical issues facing our country. Last week's foiled plot to explode airborne bombs left us all a bit unnerved. Even if,...
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We know that it's happening with growing intensity at college campuses across the country. But it's especially frightening when it happens so close to home: A Lincoln University tenured professor, Kaukab Siddique, spouting anti-Jewish and anti-Israel venom, calling for the destruction of Israel and promoting Holocaust denial. The professor, who captured national attention with the release of an incendiary video...
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Amid all the noise over loyalty oaths, it would be easy to miss some of the more significant developments in the Middle East over the past week. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad trampled on Israel's doorstep, with a visit to Lebanon bent on bolstering Hezbollah; former President Jimmy Carter trekked to Damascus, once again blaming Israel for all the region's troubles;...
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