Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

By:
Shelly Barnathan
This week, the world Jewish community lost a woman whose talents touched deep and tender places in our souls. That woman was the legendary singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman. Debbie, in her sweet and strong voice, sang with our voice. Her melodies and words calmed us, inspired us and healed us. It was one of Debbie's early albums, "And You Shall Be...
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Tragic Shootings Provide a Needed Wake-Up Call I hope that the recent shootings in Arizona will serve as a wake-up call for our country. The violent discourse that has become all too common cannot be legislated away. Beyond discourse, there are some basic steps we could make to improve our country. Specifically, we could cut our military budget in half...
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Is no one safe anymore? The assassination attempt on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the ensuing massacre at a Tucson, Ariz., shopping center serve as a cruel reminder of what can happen when disparate forces of evil conspire to shatter our sense of security and civility. This heinous effort to silence an elected official through political assassination must serve as...
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By:
Rabbi Andrew M. Sacks
I was raised in the Wynnefield neighborhood of Philadelphia. As a child, I recall that very few neighbors were not Jewish. There were at least six synagogues, a day school, a Jewish War Veterans Post, a folk shul and many stores that catered to the overwhelmingly Jewish population. In 1964, ours was the first family on our block to sell...
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By:
Douglas Bloomfield
Israel can expect a whole lot of lovin' from the incoming GOP-led House of Representatives, but will it get the big bucks it wants and expects as well? The budget hawks elected in November take office in less than two weeks with a mandate to slash federal spending, and aid to Israel may not escape their claws. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen...
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