Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774

By:
Marc Erlbaum
I was fortunate to be one of 50 participants invited to a two-day retreat last month called "The Conversation." Sponsored by The Jewish Week , a New York weekly, the annual program is an opportunity for a diverse group of Jews from across the country to come together to discuss Jewish issues. There is no agenda other than communication and...
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By:
Leonard Barrack
With the High Holidays behind us, it is my hope that we can, as a community, commit to tackling the difficult challenges that persist in the local and international Jewish world. As president of our Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish and frustrated by how much more needs to be...
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By:
Yossi Klein Halevi
For the last five years, I have tried not to think of Gilad Shalit. I avoided the photographs of his first months as an Israel Defense Forces draftee, a boy playing soldier in an ill-fitting uniform. Sometimes, despite myself, I'd imagine him in a Gaza cellar, bound, wired with explosives to thwart a rescue attempt. And then I would force...
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By:
David Ellenson
Political sovereignty in the restored Jewish homeland often means making decisions with life-and-death implications. That reality has been brought home with the agonizing decision to authorize the terribly imbalanced swap to gain the release of Gilad Shalit. The criticisms and concerns lodged by many supporters of Israel within and beyond its borders against the Netanyahu government for exchanging more than...
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The hero's welcome that greeted Gilad Shalit as he emerged from the abyss this week was profoundly moving. And it wasn't just Israelis who felt a keen sense of relief and joy when he crossed the border to freedom and family. The poignant homecoming after five years of captivity was shared by Jews everywhere
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