Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774

If you haven't taken a good hard look at the sweet, innocent faces of the Jewish children struck down in cold blood in France this week, you should. The horror of such young ones starting off their school day like any other and ending up the victims of a calculating murderer is too great to bear. But that is what...
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By:
Norma Zager
"Fate chooses your relations, you choose your friends." -- French poet Jacques Delille Azerbaijan's recent arrest of 22 people on suspicion of plotting Iran-backed attacks on the U.S and Israeli embassies in Baku -- not the first such plot -- provides the latest evidence that Azerbaijan exists between a rock and a hard place. Iran's determination to bring Azerbaijan into...
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Rabbi Carole B. Balin
After her Bat Mitzvah in 1956, Margie Berkowitz remembers how her Zayde would say: "Margelle, chant your haftarah." He couldn't believe that a girl could become "Bar Mitzvahed." In our day, Bat Mitzvah shocks few zaydes, and bubbes. In fact, thousands of bubbes who missed the opportunity as girls have followed their daughters and granddaughters onto the bimah to mark...
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With all the crises facing the world, it’s easy to forget about what’s going on in Harrisburg. But with several issues on the table that could adversely affect our community and beyond — not to mention an impending budget battle — we need to pay attention to our state capital. One measure in particular — the Corbett administration’s decision to...
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By:
Yoram Hazony
Most people don’t think the fate of Judaism will be decided in the universities. When people talk about “the fate of Judaism,” they usually think about the survival of Israel or about Jewish education at the elementary or high school level.
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