Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775

When is the news not fit to print? It's a tough question to ask seasoned journalists, but with the case of Joshua Fattal, it wasn't hard at all. We didn't need to be asked twice by the family of the Elkins Park native being held hostage in Iran for 26 months to keep his story out of the Jewish Exponent...
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With much attention focused on Gilad Shalit and the two Americans being held hostage in Iran, it's easy to forget another instance of an unjust and cruel detention -- the case of Alan Gross, the USAid subcontractor sentenced in Cuba to 15 years in jail. Gross was arrested in December 2009 and convicted earlier this year on charges of illegally...
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A reader warns that Israel is heading for a public relations nightmare while another asks why the Palestinians are asking the U.N. for a state now.
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By:
Leonard Felder
Have you ever been sitting at a Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur service and asked yourself, "Why am I feeling somewhat distant from the wording of these prayers?" Or, "Why do I feel so distracted here and the service is so lengthy?" You are not alone in these feelings. As a psychotherapist and author, I've heard from thousands of diverse...
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By:
Ilana Goldhaber-Gordon
There was a time when I could not read the story of the binding of Isaac without wishing for a different ending -- that Abraham would stand up to God, refusing to harm his son. Some of my rabbinic colleagues redefine the story, ignoring God's words, "because you did this thing and did not hold back your precious son from...
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