Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774

By:
Steven A. Asher, Jewish Exponent Feature
If you make a left turn out of Hymie's Deli in Merion, and head about 25 yards west on Montgomery Avenue, you will come to a building marked "Philadelphia Community Kollel." If you walk inside, almost any hour of the day or night, you will find Jews, often in groups of two (chavrusa), studying Jewish law. The participants are not...
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This week, as we celebrate the independence of the United States, is a propitious time to reflect on just how far we have come as Jews in this country. Founded on the abiding principles of democracy, religious liberty and minority rights, we have gained -- and earned -- a level of religious freedom, economic success and political status unparalleled in...
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Two states would be a disaster; and which one is more important — the sentence or the paragraph?
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By:
Basil Herring and Joel Finkelstein
Circumcision, or brit milah, has long been the stuff of cheap jokes and comedy. But in recent weeks, what used to be nothing more than harmless fare has taken on a much more serious tone. So-called "intactivists" on the fringe left of American politics have pushed the radical notion that infant circumcision is an act of genital mutilation, so unacceptable...
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By:
Patrick Meehan
On May 24th, I had the privilege of attending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rousing address before a joint session of Congress. It was an event that was personally significant both as an American and as a legislator. I was moved by the prime minister's words of strength in the face of the persistent danger that Israel faces. It made me...
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