Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774

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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By:
Rabbi Shmuel Jablon
Bad news spreads quickly. Even though it happened on Erev Yom Kippur, the holiest night of the year, word spread rapidly that the Philadelphia Phillies, the overwhelming favorite to win the World Series, had failed to advance past the Divisional Series.
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