Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775
After months of nervous restraint over the Obama administration's policy toward Iran, Israelis are understandably running out of patience. Both the nervousness and the impatience were on display this week after U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates met with top Israeli officials. Ehud Barak, Israel's defense minister, said that any engagement with Iran "should be short in time, well-defined in...
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The holiday of Tisha B'Av is not on every Jewish person's radar, but it should be. The one holiday that hits us in the heat of summer, Tisha B'Av -- which begins this year on the evening of July 29 -- is a fast day that commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem in 586 BCE...
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The Klein JCC has enjoyed an unusual burst of national publicity as the facility that did permit a group of predominantly African-American and Hispanic campers into its pool. This is in contrast to the Valley Club in Huntingdon Valley, which has garnered national headlines for canceling its contract with the Creative Steps Inc. summer program. The widely publicized case of...
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It's easy to be skeptical about members of Congress being able to reach a quick consensus on a plan to overhaul our nation's health care system. But do it they must. The organized Jewish community is nearly unanimous about the need to change the system -- both for moral and parochial reasons. Morally, it is abhorrent that millions of Americans...
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The start of the Jewish camping season may have been a bit shaky this year with the swine-flu epidemic forcing some camps across the country to cancel sessions or delay their openings. Camps in our area rightly leapt into prevention mode, taking extra precautions as the campers departed, determined not to let some virus detract from the blessings that a...
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