Friday, January 30, 2015 Shevat 10, 5775

Another mohel weighs in on the circumcision debate and a reader warns about which politicians to trust.
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Faina Kirshenbaum
As an immigrant to Israel, a woman and a member of the Knesset, I must juggle many sensitivities and responsibilities. I do this with great honor and try to be responsive to competing demands and ideals. Sometimes, this means that I have to re-examine fundamental beliefs. When I made aliyah in 1973 from the former Soviet Union, I was of...
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Just before Havdalah one Saturday evening, the cantor of a synagogue I once belonged to recalled a casual conversation he had had with a psychiatrist who worked at a hospital where the cantor was employed as a technician. "You Jews have it made," the psychiatrist said wryly. The cantor was puzzled and asked the psychiatrist to explain. "You see, unlike...
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If it comes to pass as anticipated, the demise of Syrian President Bashar Assad will not be mourned. The despot who has managed to hold on to power for a year and a half against a persistent rebel force has shown once again what an oppressive Syrian regime is capable of doing to its own people. After the death of...
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By:
Marina Furman
My family and I weren't in Philadelphia when Joe Smukler died last month. We were in Russia. To be more exact, we were at the cemetery in St. Petersburg at the grave of my mother-in-law where my husband, Lev, had the chance to say Kaddish where his mother is buried for the first time in 11 years. We saw many...
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