Friday, April 17, 2015 Nisan 28, 5775
As November gives way to December, Chanukah arrives in our homes -- an early one, at that. The fact that the Festival of Lights does not coincide with Christmas this year may cause consternation in some parts, and not only among retailers. Too many Jews worry about competing with the pervasive "spirit" of our neighbors' holiday season, leading, as usual,...
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The final sessions of this week's peace summit in Annapolis hadn't even been held by the time this week's newspaper went to press. But a preliminary reading of the event shows that with American prodding, both the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority seem to be heading back to the negotiating table. Whether it's an earnest effort remains to be...
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The hearings held last week in Harrisburg on legislation that would force the state's pension system to divest itself of holdings in companies that do business with Iran and Sudan illustrate just how hard it is to move the state bureaucracy and its accomplices in the legislature. At issue are two separate bills. One is sponsored by State Rep. Babette...
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The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Foundation recently caused a stir by announcing that it would award a teaching job at Brandeis University -- as well as a generous salary -- for the person who comes up with the next "big idea" to transform the way the Jewish community thinks about itself. Given the popularity and success of some other recent...
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As the years pass, the open wound in the collective Jewish heart that was created by the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin has begun to heal. Though the murder of a prime minister because of his peace policies illustrated the tremendous division in Israeli society, for most Jews, Rabin's death represents a bright red line against communal violence that none should...
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