Friday, October 31, 2014 Heshvan 7, 5775

One of the major strengths of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee has always been its ability to cross political lines and demand that Israel remain a bipartisan issue. The same must hold true when it comes to the matter of Iran. With so much at stake, it does no one good -- least of all Israel, but also the...
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By:
Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum
Clearly the story of Purim ends well -- at least for the Jewish people. Near the end of the Megillah, Esther saves herself and our people through an act that is both honest and brave. But what happens next? What of Esther and her relationship with King Ahasuerus after these last miracles recorded in the Bible, the miracle of Haman's...
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By:
Lila Corwin Berman
Wait for a sunny day in Philadelphia and take a walk up North Broad Street. Start at City Hall and point yourself north, toward Temple University. If you have not strolled these parts recently, you may be surprised by the growth and development, as well as by the painful scenes. Stop on the front steps of Rodeph Shalom, roughly the...
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Jewish women have come a long way since the days of Esther, the heroine of the Purim story whose bravery and guile saved the Jewish people from annihilation at the hands of the Persians.
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By:
Rabbi Michael Knopf
The Jewish tradition seems to offer two distinct models of redemption: Purim and Pesach redemption. On Passover, the Haggadah emphasizes the exodus story as being about God lifting the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery, carrying us from Egypt on eagles' wings. Pesach is about God redeeming us. Purim redemption, on the other hand, is about us redeeming ourselves. The Book...
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