Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774
One step forward, two steps back. There's no other way to look at the planned resumption of indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Although it's true that direct talks haven't produced much progress in recent years, having U.S. envoy George Mitchell resort to Kissinger-style shuttle diplomacy is one more depressing sign that the current prospects for peace are dim...
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It is clearly only a coincidence that two major conferences are drawing crowds to Philadelphia this weekend, but when analyzed together, they speak volumes about where we and our community are today. The convergence of the second annual LimmudPhilly, billed as a "learningfest," with a gathering of international scholars of the Holocaust and the Church, to be held at Saint...
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What better time to reflect on the warm and welcoming embrace of Shabbat than during this year's record-setting, snow-infused winter? As our cover story this week illustrates, introductions to Shabbat rituals and experiences are all the rage in our area, from a "Shabbat U" at Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley to "A Taste of Shabbat" at Congregation Ohev Shalom...
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Every several years, the tenor of conversation in the Jewish community reaches such a feverish pitch that it necessitates a new call for civility. Now is one of those times. In fact, many observers and activists well-seasoned in the rough-and-tumble world of Jewish politics say that they have never before witnessed the level of stridency and vitriol that is characterizing...
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The notorious Goldstone report is back in the headlines. And with it comes the painful reminder of Israel's war in Gaza last winter, coupled with the scurrilous suggestion that Israel committed war crimes in its effort to halt the barrage of Hamas rockets that had terrorized its southern population for years. Israel's Foreign Ministry released its initial rebuttal to the...
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