Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774

By:
Sari Revkin
Starvation does not exist in Israel. Nevertheless, almost one-fifth of the population is hungry, and this statistic is even more disturbing in light of the fact that the Israeli government in recent years has done everything in its power to avoid taking responsibility for the food security of its citizens. A hopeful sign, though, is the recently announced plan by...
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Just as we approach the midpoint of summer -- a time that should be filled with joy and contentment -- the Jewish world is once again facing some sobering truths. Eighteen years to the day after a massive bomb destroyed the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, taking countless innocent lives, terror struck again on July 18, this time in...
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By:
Robert E. Bershad
The recent toppling of 43 gravestones of Jews in Vienna's Central Cemetery suggests that anti-Semitism is alive and well in Austria, but this doesn't tell the whole story. Austria's relationship with its Jewish present and past is actually complex and filled with nuance. On one hand, as I witnessed on a recent trip there with the American Jewish Committee, its...
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If anyone had any doubt that this was going to be a brutal election season in our community, you only had to be at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park on Monday night to see that the gloves are already off. What should have been an opportunity to hear President Barack Obama's top Jewish surrogate make the case for...
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By:
Rabbi Michael Knopf
Last week, the Freeh Report revealed that Penn State's leaders covered up Jerry Sandusky's crimes to protect the university's image, its football program and Joe Paterno's reputation. This outrageous moral failure is inexcusable. But in addition to righteous indignation, we might also use the news as an opportunity for self-reflection. As my teacher, Rabbi Sharon Brous, taught in a recent...
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